India certified Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free by WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified India as Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free country.
In this regard, WHO presented certificates to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda in New Delhi.
India was declared Neonatal and Maternal Tetanus free country in August 2015. Besides, it was also declared yaws-free in May 2016.
India was declared yaws-free after a team of WHO experts had found interruption of bacterial disease transmission in the country. India is the first country under the WHO neglected tropical diseases (NTD) roadmap, 2012 to eliminate Yaws.
Yaws: It is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the skin, cartilages and bones. It is caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pallidum pertenue. It spreads by direct contact with the fluid from a lesion of an infected person
For more details: WHO declares India Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Free
Month: Current Affairs - July, 2016