After years of fight against Polio, and a small lull in the number of polio cases between 2006- 2009, the very first case of Polio in India has broken out in the condensed urban municipality of Howrah, just a few kilometers from Howrah railway station. This information has shocked the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Rotary International and the government itself. On a recent visit to Kulti municipality in Bardhamman district, in the outskirts of the industry rich Asansol town, I noticed that even people in urban areas are resistant to vaccinate children. The people are either "fed up" because of the numerous rounds of polio vaccinations, almost happening every second month, or they think that their child is "sufficiently immunized", or simply that they do not believe in the magic of "the two drops".
We need to fight this...together...every time... to ensure that every child is safe!