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India's triumph over yaws adds momentum to global eradication
Jul 15, 2016

World Health Organization presented certificates declaring elimination of yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus to India.

Yaws is a contagious disease of tropical countries, caused by a bacterium that enters skin abrasions and gives rise to small crusted lesions which may develop into deep ulcers.

In May this year, WHO certified India yaws-free after a team of experts verified interruption of disease transmission in the country. India is the first country under the 2012 WHO neglected tropical diseases (NTD) roadmap to eliminate yaws, a disease known to affect the most underserved population. It is said ‘where the road ends, yaws begins’.

The ministry plans to sustain the achievements by health system strengthening; high routine immunization coverage and promotion of institutional/clean delivery/clean cord practices and effective surveillance system.

The gains in keeping India free from preventable deaths continues with introduction of newer vaccines such as Rotavirus vaccine, Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), Adult Japanese Encephalitis and soon-to- be introduced Measles-Rubella in the public health programme of the country.


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