Eradication of Poliomyelitis

Congratulation INDIA - on the date of 11th February India have had three years without any new raports of Polio in the country which means that India has officially eradicated Polio from the country. It has taken the country a lot of effort through motivation of the people for accepting the vaccination, even if it has been given free of cost. And through the Pulse-Polio program health care workers has been able to reach out to millions of children arround the country.
Still, even though Polio is eradicated from the country there is a large number of people who is suffering from a so called Post Polio Recidual Syndrome.
This is a condition in which people who recovered from Polio starts to experience new sign and symptoms 15 up to 30 years after the recovery which is common in 25-30% of Polio-cases.
The signs and symptoms will be very long and slow in progress and develops with weakening of muscles, difficulties in walking, motor dysfunctions etc.
Last week I got to meet a 27 year old woman who suffers from a Post Polio Recidual Syndrome. She came to the hospital since she's been having troubles in walking and to keep her balance. Her lower legs and feet had deformities, and she was very small in size and thin.
The thing is that there is not much to do about the sign and symtoms more than giving paliative care and strengthen the muscles. The doctors was a bit thoughtful of what could be done for the women, and so they gave her supportive shoes that will straighten when while she is walking.
So, eradication yea, but the remnants of the disease will remain for another number of decades.
One step at a time towards the big goals!
--------------------------> UNICEF

Valentine's Parcel!!!

The lady in the foye called me 11.45pm to tell me that I had a parcel to pick up! So, I went down stairs of course. How can someone wait till the morning if you know there's a parcel from Sweden waiting for you?!!:)
I had got a Valentine's Parcel a couple of days too late, but who cares.:) Sooo sweeet of my family!! The first thing I took out of the parcel was papers that told me about the present mortgage I am having since I study here...funny, funny... But the rest of the things cheered me up more, sure thing:) Especially the Valentine's- candy!! I also got a package of my favourie Eucalyptus-Menthol tablets - I can't wait to get a soar throat so I can drink it together with some warm milk - yummie!:)  
Thanks a TON my sweeeet family!!
Love you sooo muuuch!!

Tum Hi Ho...

The most romantic song I've ever heard, and am guessing that it will be played like crazy tomorrow since we've decided that February 14th is said to be the day for all lovey-dovies out there;)
Added the translation for us who doesn't know Hindi..
I can't live without you now
What's my existence without you
If I get seperated from you
I'll be seperated from my own self
Because you alone are,
Now you only are,
My peace and my pain,
you alone are my love...
How's this relationship of ours
I don't like distance of even a moment
Every day, I live for you
There shouldn't be a moment of mine without you
There is your name of every breath...
For you, I lived..
I have given myself to you
My love for you took care of me
Took all the sorrows from my heart
With you my fate is attached
Getting you, nothing is incomplete
Within me I got completed...