The polio-free certification by the Regional Certification Commission will reportedly take place today along with a proclamation that Southeast Asia is free of the disease.

As per reports, the last case of polio in India was reported on January 13, 2011 from Kolkata in West Bengal.

The eradication of polio in India is a major landmark. It is heralded as one of the biggest achievements in global health efforts.

According to sources, best practices and methods learned from India's initiative to eradicate polio are being applied by polio-endemic countries like Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The polio-free certification to India has proved that it is possible to achieve ambitious health goals through high vaccination coverage.

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