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Fresh polio cases angers Shastri

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 01:34 IST

RAVI SHASTRI ko gussa kyon ata hai? The former Test cricketer has said whenever he hears about fresh polio cases, he gets angry. While no polio cases have been reported in a small country like Bangladesh, India is still struggling to eradicate the dreaded disease. “If Bangladesh can get rid of polio, why not India,” he questioned.

“Fight against polio is no pass time, gear up for the real match. Don’t give up, fight till polio is eradicated from UP,” he said. The former player called upon the people and the vaccinators to continue administering polio drops to the children till the State was declared free from polio.

Talking to the mediapersons here on Thursday, Shastri said he had visited Moradabad and Bihar to campaign for the polio immunization drive. “During field visit, I find that all kids are not getting the polio doses,” he lamented.

Expressing his concern over spurt in polio cases in the state , Shastri said polio had crippled hundred of children. “It’s crippling the children of all communities and a collective effort is needed to eradicate polio,” he said adding that it was the duty of parents to ensure that their children remain healthy.

“Ninety per cent of the polio cases have been reported in UP. To eradicate the virus, it is necessary to win the battle against polio. The vaccinators visiting far-flung villages and each home are the real hero and they should be awarded for their efforts,” he said.

Cheering up the officers and employees deputed in the immunization drive, Shastri said: “At time we feel defeated, but giving up the fight is a criminal act, fight till the last ball.”

Ruling out any defect in the polio vaccine, he said the same vaccine was killing virus in other states and UP should not be an exception. He said the negative campaign launched against the vaccine should be checked.

There is a misconception among a section of the people that the vaccine could make their children infertile, you could produce healthy children only after protecting them from the virus, he said.