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CM launches April phase of pulse polio programme

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today launched the April phase of the intensified pulse polio immunisation programme in the capital by administering polio drops to children.

Ms Dikshit said the Government is working hard to make the national capital a polio-free city.

During the February 2006 phase of the programme, the Delhi government has immunised more than 26 lakh children, she added.

''Only one case of polio was reported in 2005 and no case has come up in the current year so far,'' the Chief Minister said.

She said it was the responsibility of the parents also that no child below the ago of five was left out from being immunised from the current phase of the programme which will continue till April 15.

''It is the government's resolve to strengthen the routine immunisation and disease surveillance to ensure that polio-virus is detected and responded to rapidly, '' she added.

Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri, who also attended the launch, said the new pulse polio round will have a special thrust to cover Jhugi Jhopdi clusters and ''unreached'' children.

''Under this campaign all the Metro stations will be covered for transit population coverage. Four teams each in about 60 trains to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are deployed to cover children in transit in coordination with Northern Railways for six days,'' he added.

He said as a special initiative, of creating additional transit polio booths at religious places, six extra teams each have been deployed for Khawaja Qutub-u-din Bhaktiar (RA) Dargah and the Akshardham Temple.

Children below the age of five will be administered polio drops at various centres set up at hospitals, bus terminals, railway stations, schools and religious places in the capital UNI NR RR VC1555

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