Another phase of Pulse Polio campaign launched by Delhi CM

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New Delhi, Aug 30 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today launched another round of Pulse Polio Campaign here.

Speaking to reporters after launching the campaign by administering anti-polio drops to number of children in a simple function organised at her residence 3, Motilal Nehru Place, Ms Dikshit said it would be ensured that no virus of Polio could enter the National Capital territory.

Being a pioneer in the Pulse Polio Programme, Delhi is regarded a role model and would continue to strive hard to completely eliminate the disease.

In the year 2008, 372 Polio cases have been reported at the National Level till date out of which 356 cases are of P3 wild and 17 cases are of P1 wild virus. Delhi has reported one case of P1 wild virus from Zakhira and one case of P3 wild virus from Okhla.

Delhi initiated Pulse Polio Immunization programme in year 1994 and launched house to house "Search&Immunization" in the year 1999.

Ms Dikshit complimented officials of Department of Health for their efforts in overcoming the threat of Polio in Delhi.

On this occasion Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri said 7500 Polio Booths would be established tomorrow to administer Polio vaccine to lakhs of children of 0-5 age group. Around 30,000 workers and employees of the Health Department would be deployed to ensure maximum reach from 0900hrs to 1600hrs. The stalls would be stationed at Railway Stations, ISBTs, Public places including Appu Ghar, major temples, Metro Stations, Millennium Park, Zoo and outlets of Mc. Donalds.

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

Around 17,000 workers in 8600 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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