Accelerated efforts are required in light of higher dangers because the WHO South-East Asia Region is polio-free.

The WHO South-East Asia Region maintained its polio-free status . The organization says it needs to scale-up activities in light of the persistent and increased risks of polio globally .

New Delhi, India, September 23: Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organizations South-East Asia Region maintained its polio-free status, but the organization says it needs to scale-up activities in light of the persistent and increased risks of polio globally.Countries have made great strides, but errors remain, particularly at the sub-national level.As the South-East Asia Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication met here to review the situation in the region, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia, said that we need to expand monitoring and immunization coverage to improve our polio outbreak response capabilities to respond quickly and effectively in the event of a polio epidemic.However, risks are present as a result of the continued transmission of wild poliovirus type 1 in endemic countries bordering the region, as well as the use of cVDPVs in other regions, according to the Regional Director.

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak that has killed almost three people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malawi, and Mozambique, the 32nd Polio IHR Emergency Committee assessed the likelihood of international dissemination of cVDPV2 or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 as high, and said that supporting funds and partners in the Region have played a vital role.The Region's continued polio-free status is a reflection of the efforts of the WHO Africa Region,