Issue Date: Jan 31, 2010
It is not easy to trust a doctor who comes calling, studies the patient’s sickness, and leaves without a prescription even. More so when the patient is a child in a poor family and has polio.
Yet this is routine in parts of the country where polio is endemic. Each child with symptoms like fever, muscle aches and abdominal pain is visited by teams from the World Health Organisation, for stool samples. This is to check for the presence of the polio virus and identify the strain circulating in the area. That done, the child becomes a statistic.