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Delhi Govt to review pulse polio programme

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New Delhi, Oct 26 (UNI) With four cases of polio reported in the Capital, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the pulse polio vaccination programme will be reviewed to check the recurrence of the disease.

''Four polio cases have been detected and we will review the programme to check the recurrence of the disease,'' Ms Dikshit told reporters on the sidelines of a DMRC function.

However, the Chief Minister reiterated that the programme was not a failure.

''These are some drawbacks but not the programme's failure....

The large number of transit population in Delhi is also responsible for the recurrence of the disease,'' she added.

''Large populations move to and fro between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and Bihar which remain a major source of the virus,'' Ms Dikshit said.

Three of the four polio patients -- two-year-old Sheikh Ashraf from Jahangirpuri, one-year-old Shivender from Badarpur and eight-month-old Sameer Ali from Okhla-- have a history of travel to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The fourth patient is one-year-old Jannat, who had received 9 doses of the polio vaccine.

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