Another Phase of Pulse Polio launched

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New Delhi, Nov 8 (UNI) Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta today said Delhi would continue to strive hard to completely eliminate polio in the coming months.

Launching another phase of the Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme (PPIP) at Delhi Secretariat Mr Mehta said Delhi was the first to initiate the programme and would like to lead in elimination of this disease, which not only hampers the physical and mental growth of children but also makes them handicapped for the rest of their lives.

On this occasion, he exhorted all parents to bring their children for immunisation against polio tomorrow, when another such programme would be organised to administer anti-polio drops to more than 25.5 lakh children in Delhi.

Children upto five years would be administered drops by health workers and other agencies including NGOs, he said.

Mr Mehta added that more than 8200 Polio Booths would be established tomorrow to administer Polio vaccine to lakhs of children of 0-5 age group. Around 35,000 workers and employees of the Health Department would be deployed to ensure maximum reach from 0900 hours to 1600 hours.

The stalls would be stationed at Railway Stations, ISBTs, public places including major temples, metro stations, Millennium Park, Zoo etc. Apart from this, a door-to-door weeklong survey would also be conducted under search and immunisation Pulse Polio Campaign, the secretary informed.

Around 17,000 workers in 8981 teams would visit different colonies including Slum and JJ Clusters to make search of left over cases and administer Polio Drops to those children, he added.

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