WHO gives clean bill of health to Lanka on polio


By Don Asoka Wijewardena    

The WHO has given a certificate on Polio having been eradicated in Sri Lanka at a function held at the Cinnamon Grand hotel recently. WHO Country Director, Dr. F. R.Mehta presents the certificate to Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that that the polio virus in 11 Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, has been eradicated.

A Health Ministry spokesman told ‘The Island’ that the WHO announced on March 27 that polio virus was eradicated completely in South East Asian countries, including Sri Lanka. The WHO certificate on the successful eradication of the disease was handed over to Minister Maithripala Sririsena by WHO country Director Dr. F. R. Mehta at a function held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel last week.

The spokesman said that Sri Lanka detected the first polio victim in 1944 and around four polio victims were detected in the same year and the disease peaked in 1961, with many polio cases being reported. Since 1990 there had been no reports of polio victims in ththe country.

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