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Maharashtra to sponsor treatment of boy

Maharashtra health department has decided to pay for the treatment of nine-month-old Arsh Singh who has VDPV type 2. Arsh, is on ventilator support and his limbs are paralysed, said doctors. Priyanka Vora reports.

mumbai Updated: Aug 08, 2013 01:30 IST
Priyanka Vora

The state health department has decided to pay for the treatment of nine-month-old Arsh Singh who has Vaccine Derived Poliovirus (VDPV) type 2. Arsh, a resident of Navi Mumbai is on ventilator support and his limbs are paralysed, said doctors at BJ Wadia Children Hospital, Parel.

"We have asked the hospital to give us the estimated cost of the treatment. We will fund the treatment, including expenditure on diagnostic tests," said Dr Satish Pawar, director, Directorate of Health Services.

Doctors at the hospital said although Arsh's condition continued to be critical, he recently showed signs of progress.

Arsh, who was born in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, was administered the oral polio vaccine (OPV) at least five times, said state health officials. He is the second child in the state and fourth in country to be affected with the VDPV.

Officials from National Polio Surveillance Programme, said VDPV-derived complications are extremely rare and occur in children with immunodeficiency. "Experts are still trying to find out what caused the disease in this child," said Dr Pawar.