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  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially removed India from the list of countries considered to have never interrupted the transmission of polio. India has not had a case of polio since 13 January 2011, and no recent environmental samples have identified wild poliovirus.
  • In a speech celebrating this accomplishment, the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, confirmed India's commitment to continue efforts to protect the people of India from the possible re-importation of polio. Prime Minister Singh also expressed optimism that India's success proved the viability of global polio eradication by saying "it is a matter of satisfaction that we have completed one year without any single new case of polio being reported from anywhere in the country. This gives us hope that we can finally eradicate polio not only from India but from the face of the entire mother earth. The success of our efforts shows that teamwork pays."
  • The Prime Minister made the comments on the occasion of a two day Polio Summit held in Delhi, organized jointly by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Rotary International. The event was attended by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, and also saw participation of Federal Minister for Interprovincial Coordination of the Government of Pakistan, Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani; Minister of Health and Population of the Government of Nepal Rajendra Mahato; Deputy Minister of Health, Government of Sri Lanka, Lalith Dissanayaka; Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Shri S Gandhiselvan, Secretary Health and Family Welfare Shri P K Pradhan, Rotary International President Mr. Kalyan Banerjee and The Rotary Foundation Chairman Mr. William Boyd.
  • At the event, participants publicly committed to the 'Delhi Commitment for Polio Eradication', urging for collective and continued vigilance against polio.

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