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'Programmes on polio to be reviewed'

india Updated: Mar 06, 2008 15:58 IST

With fresh polio cases being reported from various parts of the country, the Government feels that the national programme for its eradication has not been upto the mark and has decided to review the entire initiative.

The programme being run in collaboration with international organisations like WHO and UNICEF involves door-to-door administration of polio vaccine and surveillance of the polio cases through the National Polio Surveillance Project.

"We have been faithfully following whatever they are saying," Ramadoss said adding the polio eradication programme has received one of the maximum allocations in the budgets both last year and this year.

Last year the allocation was Rs 1,300 crore while this year it was Rs 1,050 crore, he told PTI.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the functioning of the programme, he said "I will review it".

The minister also expressed concern over the fact that Bihar has seen a rise in cases of Polio and said he would visit the state soon to study the situation there.

The latest polio case was reported from Delhi with a 14-month-old girl from Bihar falling prey to the dreaded disease.

The child was afflicted with the deadly P1 strain of the virus which spreads the fastest. P1 causes paralysis in one out of every 200 children as compared to the P3 strain which causes paralysis in one out of every 1,000 infections.