PM receives Polio Eradication Award
In recognition of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's outstanding support to the ongoing polio eradication programme in the country, Rotary International has conferred the 'Polio Eradication Champions Award' on him.
The award, established in 1995, was handed over to Singh by the Chairman of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Frank Devlyn, on August 5, a release from the Foundation said in the Capital on Friday.
"As a result of his (Manmohan Singh's) leadership and government's commitment, India, which once held more than 70 per cent of the global burden of polio cases, could be polio free by the end of this year," the release quoting Devlyn, said.
Polio, a highly infectious disease that can cause paralysis and sometimes death, still affects children in parts of Africa and Asia, it said.