DESPITE FRESH cases of wild polio virus reporting from different parts of the State, as many as 22 districts, including Allahabad and Kaushambi, faltered/faired badly in the House-to- House activity--- an integral part of the pulse polio drive to cover children who failed to turn up at the polio booths.
This was observed by Directorate, National Programme Implementation and Evaluation, Family Welfare Directorate, Lucknow.
In a letter to the Health Department, Allahabad, Director AK Tyagi pointed out that after detailed review of the 'A' or House to House team by the Directorate during the September 10, 2006 pulse polio drive, the work was found unsatisfactory and the supervision by the officers was also highly ineffective. "The department is expected to bring quality improvement in the House-to-House activity in the forthcoming drive. The action should also be taken against the employees and staff who were found not taking interest in the national programme," Tyagi further stated in the letter.
The similar orders were also issued to the Health Departments of Kaushambi, Auraiyya, Bahraich, Balrampur, Banda, Basti, Chitrakut, Gonda, Varanasi, Unnao, Sonbhadra, Sant Kabir Nagar, Pratapgarh, Pilibhit, Mau, Maharajganj, Lucknow, Lalitpur, Khiri, Kanpur Nagar and Jhansi.
Following the instructions, chief medical officer Dr Shantimal Singhavi directed the medical officer incharges, superintendents and deputy chief medical officers to improve quality of the 'A' team activity and identify staff, not taking interest in the drive.
However, when contacted the district immunisation officer Dr Swatantra Mishra said, "We were alert right from the beginning of the drive, due to which we were able to identify resistant families and ensure that all the targeted children received polio drops in the district. But our main concern is that despite administration of polio drops in the last five to eight drives, two child tested positive for wild polio virus.
It was found that they were living in a densely populated area and in an extremely unhygienic conditions," he added. Dr Mishra said instead of 'assurances' and 'complaints' by different agencies, the department need their active co-operation in managing the drive. "It is a national programme and can become successful only with the co-operation of all the departments," he said.