"The next six months will be most crucial in eradicating polio virus from the country," said Dr Naveen Thacker, Convener, Polio Eradication Committee.
The reason being that the virus becomes easier to be attacked as the vaccination happens on a wider scale following an outbreak. Speaking at the sidelines of the 44th National Conference of Indian Academy of Pediatricians (IAP) on Friday, Dr Thacker mentioned about how the injectable polio virus could be more useful in fighting the virus rather than the oral ones.
However, the only concern is the cost of injectable vaccine that runs to around Rs 300 per dose, he added. But at the same time, he hinted that government was also in the process of procuring the injectable vaccine specially for UP.
He also said that shoddy implementation of the polio vaccination programmes in certain states is a cause of major concern. "Till the implementaion is done efficiently in states like UP and Bihar, fighting the disease would be a challenge," added Dr Thacker.
On 2006 a total of 24 confirmed polio cases were reported. While seven were from Bihar, 17 was from UP. Also, 22 cases were due to wild poliovirus and two cases (both from Moradabad District, UP) due to wild Poliovirus Type 3.