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Nearly three lakh children to be given polio drops on Sunday

Sub-national immunisation round will be held at 16 high-risk places in the state

Pune |
September 18, 2013 3:59:26 am

In its third year without a case of polio,the immunisation programme will further push the effort to ensure no child (below the age of 5) is vulnerable to the wild polio virus. On September 22,the sub-national immunisation round will be held at 16 high-risk places in the state and an estimated 2.7 lakh children will be administered polio drops.

State health officials told Newsline that the number of Muslim families,who refused to vaccinate their child against polio,has also reduced from 966 to 478 since 2011. This is after conducting as many as 19 sub-national immunisation rounds between 2011 and 2013.

The high-risk places where the immunisation round will take place include Karjat,Khalapur,Panvel,Uran,Mira Bhayander,Navi Mumbai,Kalyan,Thane,Ulhasnagar,Ambernath,Bhiwandi,Dahanu,Palghar,Malegaon,Vasai Virar among others.

While Maharashtra and Bihar will conduct immunisation round on September 22,Delhi,Uttar Pradesh,parts of Haryana,Rajasthan,Punjab,West Bengal and a district in Jharkhand already held the round on September 15.

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“This sub-national immunisation activity complements the coverage of National Immunisation Day (NID),particularly in high-risk states. Our members and clubs are spreading awareness and supporting this important activity across the country,” said Deepak Kapur,Chairman,Rotary International’s India National PolioPlus Society.

The Rotary India PolioPlus apart from spearheading the campaign with the Centre,UNICEF and WHO also helps distribute IEC (Information,Education and Communication) materials such as banners,whistles,caps and aprons for the NID and Sub-National Immunisation Days (SNIDs) activity. The number of polio cases in India saw a steep fall with no cases reported in the last two years,with the only one reported from West Bengal in January 2011.

“The last two years have been great for India and we hope we achieve the target in 2014 – three years without a case for regional polio-free certification,” said Kapur. India is following a cautious path despite strong and continued progress against the polio virus with countries like Nigeria and Pakistan struggling with fresh outbreaks in 2012 and 2013.


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