12 new polio cases in UP, 13 officials suspended

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Lucknow, Apr 7 (UNI) Taking serious note of 12 new polio cases in the state this year, the Uttar Pradesh Government has suspended 13 health and family welfare department officials.

State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ahmad Hassan, addressing a press conference here today said that 12 new cases including six in Moradabad, two in Badayun and one each in Farrukhabad, Bareilly, Pilibhit and Bulandhshahar, have been reported this year.

Mr Hassan said, taking serious note of this alarming developmet 13 officials including the Deputy Chief Medical Officer have been suspended in Moradabad.

The minister further said that laxity in making UP polio free will not be tolerated at any cost and deviations in this regard will lead to strict action against concerned employees.

On the next phase of the pulse polio immunisation drive on April 9, the minister said that pulse polio immunisation drops will be administered to chidren aged upto five years, at a total of 1,06,160 polio booths are made in the state. As many as 17,480 health workers will be deployed at the booths, he added.

Mr Hassan said that 59,915 mobile squads comprising 1,76,746 health workers will go door to door to administer the Polio drops to children.

In addition to this over 10,000 mobile/transit teams will also be pressed into service to administer the drops to children on board buses, trains and busy market places, Mr Hassan added.


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