ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Polio Elimination: A Response

In Manoj Grover’s letter “Polio Elimination” (EPW, 17 May 2014) on two points in my article “Can the Polio Elimination Success Story Breed More Successes in India?” (EPW, 5 April 2014), the writer seems to answer the question in the negative, saying: “I cannot imagine any internal [read Indian] agency matching NPSP [National Polio Surveillance Project] on any [of these] fronts”.

Polio elimination was managed by NPSP, an agency created by the World Health Organisation (WHO) specifically for the purpose since the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP), the natural Indian agency that should have been assigned the task, was found inadequate for the purpose. The indictment that no governmental agency can match NPSP, coming from a functionary of the Planning Commission, deserves urgent attention by the Ministry of Health (MoH). All departments under MoH must be reviewed thoroughly and re-engineered where necessary.

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