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Rotary blames State Govt for rising polio cases in UP

REFUTING THE statement of Family Welfare Minister Ahmed Hasan, the officials of Rotary International on Saturday put the onus on the State Government for the spurt in polio cases.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2006 01:26 IST

REFUTING THE statement of Family Welfare Minister Ahmed Hasan, the officials of Rotary International on Saturday put the onus on the State Government for the spurt in polio cases.

Regional coordinator of Rotary International Ghulam A Vashanvaty and District Governor Pradeep Mukherjee said poor sanitation and unhygienic conditions in the State were the cause for polio cases in 35 districts.

The State government had failed to do the needful in polio eradication, they said. “After two cases of polio were reported in Mumbai recently, the Mumbai Municipal Corporation organised a mass immunisation drive in the city and all vulnerable children were vaccinated. If Mumbai can do it why not UP?” Vashanvaty asked.

“The Family Welfare Minister casting doubts over the quality of the polio vaccine and blaming the Central Government has proved to be a setback for the agencies assisting the State government in the polio eradication drive”, the officials rued.

“Rather the government agencies are proving to be a hurdle in assuring the success of the immunisation drive. There is no need to be panicky as we are in the last stage of eradicating polio. We are completing the mopping up round and WHO has said that polio is in its last stage”, Vashanvaty said.

“Rotary International is pumping Rs 30 crore each year in the polio eradication programme. Another immunisation programme is scheduled on November 12.

Rotary has also planned to hold social mobilisation programmes to motivate the people to immunise their children”, he said.

Vashanvaty further said that due to illiteracy among the Muslim community, there was resistance to polio vaccine.  No resistance had been noticed in the Muslim community in Maharashtra, Kerala and other states, he said.