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Yaws elimination in India: A step towards eradication

19 September 2006, New Delhi

     

Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, declared Elimination of Yaws in India at a function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, on 19th September 2006. Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director, WHO-South East Asia Region was the Guest of Honour. The Minister stated that the elimination of Yaws was a significant public health achievement in India and that the key to success was policy support, political commitment and resource mobilization. India has achieved elimination of Yaws with no infectious case reported since 2004. The target date for eradication has been revised to 2008/09, i.e no sero-reactivity to RPR/VDRL in under-five children, after achieving nil reporting of early infectious cases for three years.

He commended the dedicated work of the health authorities of endemic states/districts (49 tribal districts of 10 states) in implementing the yaws eradication programme (YEP) and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, which functioned as the national coordinating agency. India has been conducting independent appraisals of the YEP periodically since 2000, supported by WHO, and these have been in monitoring the progress of Yaws eradication and in advising the national and state authorities on strategies and actions needed to intensify efforts.

The Minister released the publication “Yaws elimination in India: A step towards eradication” prepared by the Directorate General of Health Services and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases Delhi with technical support from WHO Country Office which documented the disease history, epidemiology and strategy for yaws elimination.

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