WITH POLIO virus crippling 232 children and spreading its tentacles in 27 districts, it’s time for the Medical Health and Family Welfare Department to wake up and change its strategy to eradicate polio.The Department has decided to send nine directors to the districts for monitoring the immunisation drive on September 10.
A meeting of the Health Department officials was held under the chairmanship of DG (Medical Health and Family Welfare) Dr B Nath on Wednesday to review preparations for the immunisation programme.
Dr Nath told HT that directors would reach the districts before the immunisation begins and evaluate preparation done by the district officials.
Director (National Programme) Dr RB Singh will monitor the immunisation drive in the districts of Meerut and Moradabad divisions. Similarly, director (Medical Care) Dr MP Bansla has been deputed in Kanpur and Lucknow divisions, director (Training) Dr Ram Babu in Agra and Bareilly divisions, director (Opek Hospital) in Basti, Dr CBM Tripathi in Gorakhpur and Basti divisions, director (Medical Health) Dr RR Bharti in Azamgarh and Varanasi divisions, director (Communicable Diseases) Dr OP Pathak in Faizabad and Devipatan divisions, director (Mother and Child Welfare) Dr AK Tyagi in Allahabad and Mirzapur divisions, director (Planning and Budget) Dr JL Chitauroiya in Jhansi and Chitrakoot divisions and director (Paramedical) Dr Ranvijay Singh in Saharanpur division.
Speaking about the revised programme, Dr Nath said focus would be on maintaining cold chain, vaccination of the core group and maintaining records of the immunized children.
While the Health Department has released a sum of Rs 25,000 each for the awareness programme in eight districts in which large number of polio cases have been reported, Rs 10,000 has been released to 62 districts. In view of the power crisis, the department has increased the allocation for diesel from Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 for each round of the programme.
Shastri to boost campaign
AS PART of the polio eradication campaign, UNICEF goodwill ambassador Ravi Shastri will visit Lucknow on Thursday. Shastri will meet officers and motivate field workers of the Social Mobilisation Network (SMN).