India’s proactive approach to the polio scare has been much appreciated, reports Asian Lite News
Following a recent Polio scare, the proactive response by the Indian government has been praised internationally. Although there have been no new cases in India since 2014, the government is taking no chances and has vaccinated thousands against this potentially dangerous new strain of the virus.
India’s actions have saved significant time, money and potentially hardship down the line. Not only has it avoided the immediate and debilitating consequences of Polio itself, it has also avoided the risk of Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) occurring in future. Although Polio was eradicated in Britain in 1988, we now live with the legacy of PPS, which affects up to 80 percent of those who have contracted Polio.
At the moment, the way we deal with PPS is patchy at best, particularly in terms of how primary care providers diagnose and treat the condition, which affects around 120,000 people in the UK. Currently, just seven per cent of the population have heard of PPS, and many wait years for a correct diagnosis, meaning they do not receive the support needed to better manage their condition and lifestyle. The British Polio Fellowship feels that the sooner we act, the sooner those with PPS can receive the support they deserve.