Dear esteemed viewers
On the eve of Karnataka State Raising day (Kannada Rajyotsva), KVG team wishes to share the attached for caring the children of Karnataka and beyond. India is committed:
- baby Rukhsar was the last case of Poliomyelitis due to wild polio virus in Jan 2011,
- it got the certification of Polio Eradication in March 2014 for which entire world congratulated the country.
Karnataka is even more committed, and had the last case of polio due to wild virus in Nov 2007.
Sustenance of Polio free status till Global eradication is also extremely important through attaining and sustaining very high routine immunization coverage - that's the 1st strategy of polio eradication.
WHO experts say that as long as a single child remains infected in the world, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio. Failure to eradicate polio from the last remaining strongholds could result in as many as 200,000 new cases every year within 10 years all over the world.
Legacy: When immunization coverage in Syria with a population of ~18.3 million, dropped from 91% in 2010 to 68% in 2012, amounting to 500,000 susceptible children in absolute numbers in 2013; fresh polio cases occurred inspite of remaining polio free since 1999.
Currently, RI coverage of the country and Karnataka is 62 & 63% respectively as per NFHS 2015-16. In Karnataka, the immunization coverage is ranging from as low as ~41% to 77% among 30 districts. Compared to Syria, it is critically low favoring importation of wild polio virus at any time. IPV is in use, but the coverage of which is much lower than OPV; National IPV2 coverage is 54% and 28% for Karnataka as per ITSU dashboard Indicators for the year 2017-18. In 2017, population of India was 1.339 billion and Karnataka was 66.8 millions, 3.65 times larger than Syria. Hence, on war foot we have to raise immunization coverage to >90% and sustain the same forever.
In this context, we wish to share what we are doing in our Medical College which can rapidly close population immunity gap, vaccinate close to the schedule and sustain the same forever.
I thank Drs Niranjan & Nirajan, Interns posted in the Rural PHC for giving the title “Sharing for Caring”.
Wish you happy reading and replication
Holla & Team