Japan gives Rs 7.2 crore grant for polio eradication drive

New Delhi: In order to ensure that India remains polio free, Japan today provided a grant of Rs 7.2 crores to UNICEF for purchase of vaccines, supplies, and equipment.

India completed a year without reporting any case of polio in January and was removed from the list of polio endemic countries by the World Health Organisation on 25th February.

An exchange of note was signed between ambassador, Akitaka Saiki, and UNICEF India representative, Karin Hulshof in this regard at the Japanese Embassy here.

 Japan gives Rs 7.2 crore grant for polio eradication drive

Reuters

"The unwavering support and confidence evinced by the Government and the people of Japan in India's polio eradication efforts has been extremely encouraging and reassuring in the country's long drawn fight against polio," Hulshof said while thanking the government for providing 120
million Yen (Rs 7.2 crores) grant to UNICEF.

Lauding the concerted efforts of the government, states and international agencies for India's progress against polio, he said, "We salute this grand achievement."

Dr Ajay Khera, deputy commissioner, immunisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also commended the polio partnership for their excellent support and coordination which reflected in application of focused and evidence based strategies.

Shinichi Yamanaka, chief representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency said, "Japan is committed to keep India free of polio cases".

PTI

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Updated Date: Mar 26, 2012 15:44:57 IST