CM assures polio to be eliminated from Delhi soon

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New Delhi, Apr 26 (UNI) Launching another round of pulse polio campaign in the national capital, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today assured that Delhi will soon become a ''polio free'' city.

''Only one case of P-I wild virus has been reported this year in Delhi against two cases in 2007 whereas 866 cases were reported at the national level in 2007,'' she said after the launch of the Special Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme (PPIP) at her residence.

Ms Dikshit exhorted parents to take their children for vaccination tomorrow when a special programme would be organised for administering the drops to 25 lakh children across 7,500 booths.

Children up to five years would be administered drops by health workers and other agencies including NGOs.

Reiterating that Delhi would continue to strive hard to completely eliminate polio, the Chief Minister said the target ''seems to be imminent in the coming months''.

''Delhi was the first to initiate Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme and would like to lead in its elimination.... The disease hampers physical and mental growth of children,'' she added.

Delhi initiated Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme in 1994 and launched house-to-house search and immunize component in 1999.

Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri said more than 7,500 polio booths would be established tomorrow to administer the vaccine to children of 0-5 age group.

Around 30,000 workers and employees of the Health Department would be deployed to ensure maximum reach from 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs.

Stalls would be put up at railway stations, ISBTs, public places including major temples, metro stations, millennium park, and Zoo.

Apart from this, a door-to-door weeklong survey would also be conducted under search and immunisation Pulse Polio Campaign.

Around 17,000 workers in 8,600 teams would visit different colonies including Slum and JJ Clusters to make search of left over cases and administer polio drops to those children.

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