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Health Report ‘Brings Back’ Smallpox and Polio, Delhi Govt Seeks Answers

A Delhi government report claimed that 11 people died due to polio and two succumbed to smallpox in 2016

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Updated:August 4, 2017, 8:08 AM IST
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Health Report ‘Brings Back’ Smallpox and Polio, Delhi Govt Seeks Answers
A Delhi government report claimed that 11 people died due to polio and two succumbed to smallpox in 2016
New Delhi: A year after civic bodies in Delhi reported a few deaths due to polio and smallpox, the government finally sought clarifications from them on Friday.

The Delhi government released the Registration of Births and Deaths in Delhi 2016 report on Thursday. The report had claimed that 11 people died due to polio and two succumbed to smallpox.

While smallpox is known to have been eradicated worldwide sometime in the 1980s, the last reported case of polio in India was in 2011 and the nation was declared polio-free in 2014.

“Attention of the Department of Economics and Statistics has been drawn towards some reports in a section of the media,” the Delhi government said on Friday.

Some media reports quoted health officials as saying that it might have been a "clerical error".

Data for the report pertaining to births and deaths registrations were provided by five civic bodies -- East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment Board, it said.

"Clarifications/confirmation have been sought from the local bodies concerned about these reportings," the statement added.

"The Directorate has prepared the report according to secondary data provided by the local body concerned. After getting clarifications/confirmation from the local bodies, the discrepancies, if any, will be rectified accordingly," it added.


(With PTI inputs)
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