New Delhi: As India celebrates eradication of polio, UNICEF said it needs to make it complete immunization system for children much more robust and accessible and tackle the status of women if it wants to really address the issue of mortality among children.
"Routine immunization in some of the areas is still very very low. I visited some districts in south UP where it is below 20 percent. So that 's quite serious," Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF representative to India, said. He added, though, that national average is "not very bad".
He also cautioned that there should be no let-up in polio immunization programme, which he termed an "amazing accomplishment", as the danger of polio virus being transmitted into India from affected parts of the world remains.
Stressing that the risk is as high as it has never been for polio cases to be imported into India, he said polio transmission has not eradicated globally as it was planned. In fact, there are more pockets this year than they were a year ago with the crisis in the Middle East and in parts of Africa, he said.