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FOX 32 Chicago’s Dr. Mona Khanna Fights Polio in India, Responds to Disasters

Fri February 28 2014 11:08 am
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Raised in Arlington Heights, and a graduate of Arlington High School, Fox 32 reporter Dr. Mona Khanna was recently featured on Forbes magazine ENTERPRENEURS section with Devin Thorpe, Forbes contributor. The Forbes interview focused on her successful work in India fighting polio, and work in disaster-stricken areas.

Dr. Mona Khanna travels annually on medical missions and is an acclaimed humanitarian and disaster volunteer for which she has been recognized with the 2013 American College of Physicians Volunteerism Award, 2012 Institute of Medicine of Chicago Global Health Humanitarian Award and 2008 University of Illinois Alumni Humanitarian Award.

After immigrating with her family to Chicago from India, Dr. Mona started school in the U.S. as an English as a second language student, and ultimately graduated as valedictorian from Joyce Kilmer Public School in Rogers Park, then with top honors from Arlington High School in Arlington Heights, IL. At Northwestern University she attended the Medill School of Journalism, and then went on to medical school at the University of Illinois, where she is now a Visiting Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Associate in the Center for Global Health.

— Forbes

Dr. Mona is a triple board-certified medical doctor and an Emmy award-winning medical journalist who is committed to making a difference in the lives of others through raising health literacy and promoting healthy behaviors.

Dr. Mona Khanna of Fox 32 MyFOXChicago with Devin Thorpe, Forbes Contributor.

Dr. Mona Khanna recently discussed immunization for Polio and a milestone of no new Polio cases — even under conditions much harsher in India, compared to the United States.

Many children live under railroads, live on the street, live in tents, or live in shanties, where there is a high rate of crime, drug use and disease. Polio, Poliomyelitis or infantile paralysis, is an acute, viral, infectious disease spread from person to person. The polio virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). Among those paralyzed, 5% to 10% die when their respiratory muscles become paralyzed.

Since January 2011, there have been no reported cases of the wild polio infections in India — described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “arguably the most technically-challenging place. In February 2012 India was taken off the WHO list of polio endemic countries. Endemic transmission of polio continues in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

National Immunizatio Day in India’s battle against polio with help from Rotary International.

See also … Dr. Mona Khanna

World Health Organization Poliomyelitis Fact Sheet

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