Bihar Government concerned over rise in polio cases
D.N.I.S. News Network – The Bihar
Government is worried over the alarming rise in polio cases in the state.
According to official sources, during the launch of the first polio round for
2007, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed the State
Health Department to coordinate with all governmental and non-governmental
agencies with the pledge to work with “renewed vigour”
to eradicate polio.
As per U.N.I.C.E.F. figures, Bihar registered 90 per cent increase in polio cases in
2006 over the corresponding period in 2005. Fifty seven polio cases were
detected in 2006 against 27 cases detected in 2005. According to U.N.I.C.E.F., Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were the two states that experienced
maximum recurrence of polio cases in recent years.
The Bihar Chief Minister has
asked the Health Minister to examine ways in which the programme
could be further improved and strengthened in order to eradicate polio. The
Government is planning to involve religious leaders in select pockets where
there is inhibition with regard to polio drops.
It is a known fact that Bihar and
Uttar Pradesh together have contributed to the substantial increase in the
total polio cases in India
in 2006. Out of 641 new cases recorded in 2006, Uttar Pradesh contributed 541
while Bihar had 57 polio cases. The recent
investigations jointly conducted by the Union and State Health Department
revealed that 12 per cent houses in Bihar were missed by vaccinators during the
polio immunisation campaigns in 2005 and 2006. The
actual figures could be much higher than that recorded.