170 million children to get polio cover; U.P. and Bihar committed to give their best
D.N.I.S. News Network - The Government kicked off its pulse polio immunisation programme
on 07 January 2007, aimed at covering 170 million children in the country.
Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and Bihar are committed to give their best and actively
motivate various communities to ensure maximum coverage, the Government has
the Assistant Commissioner, Immunisation, Government of India, hopefully the
“transmission of the virus can be interrupted” with more quality rounds in
U.P., Bihar and high-risk districts of polio
affected states. One of the Government strategies is to have rapid rounds in
the next six months. The idea of these quality rounds is to ensure that there
will be a minimum number of ‘missing’ children. The Government is spending Rs. 110 crore on the vaccines and
another Rs. 75 crore on the
million children in U.P. and Bihar alone, the
difficult task is to ensure that cent per cent immunisation is achieved. Unlike
other states where at least 80 per cent of the estimated target children have
got polio cover, in U.P. and Bihar it is only
40 per cent. In 2006, U.P. and Bihar had an
outbreak of the virus, with 413 and 39 cases of polio respectively.
The next round
of the polio immunisation programme will be held on February 11, while special
rounds will be held for U.P. and Bihar and high-risk districts of Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and other
polio-affected states on March 11.