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Written by: Staff

Silvassa, Apr 5 (UNI) Failing to implement the National Pulse Polio Immunisation (NPPI) programme in remote tribal areas of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (D&NH), the administration has this time resolve not to leave any child unvaccinated during its next campaign from April 9 to 21.

According to estimates, 350 to 400 children of 200 tribal families are left out in every campaign, raising a question mark on the country's target of cent per cent abolition of the disease.

Looking into the gravity of the issue, the district administration has now decided to leave not a single child from being administered polio drops during the forthcoming campaign, sources here said.

The tribals in the Union Territory belong to Satipat community, living at Keelwani, Umarkui, Bahedunpada, Bivlapada hamlets in Khanvel area, and also at Seltiganitpada, Khoria, Kherabari and Motabara hamlets in Dudhni area.

They have been fiercely opposing their children being administered polio drops by the volunteers. As a result, the polio workers avoid going to such hamlets, sources said.

Chief Medical Officer L N Patra told UNI that although no positive case of polio was registered in Dadra and Nagar Haveli since 1992, the administration had tried to take help of voluntary organisations to motivate the tribals.

Mr Yashwant Parmar, of the local Rotary Club stressed the need to educate, create awareness among the tribal people, bring them into the mainstream than forcefully administer the drops to their children.


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