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Polio drive from Nov 16 to 20

punjab Updated: Nov 12, 2014 19:45 IST
HT Correspondent

A pulse polio drive will start in the city from November 16 to 20.

Additional deputy commissioner, development, (ADC-D) Supreet Singh Gulati held a meeting with office-bearers, NGOs and other members of the district task force regarding preparations for the drive on Wednesday.

Gulati said, “Though the World Health Organization has declared India as polio-free country, to ensure that it should not return every child up to the age of five should be administered polio drops during drive.”

District immunisation officer Dr Sanjiv Hans said, “The drive will be conducted door to door in the city and villages.”

Giving details about the need of pulse polio drive in India, Dr Hans said, “India has become polio-free, but the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan still having the symptoms of the disease. Thus, to stop travelling of polio virus, children up to the age of five need to be administered polio drops.”

In the drive 3,80,000 children will be covered. To administer polio drops to these children, 1,581 teams have been formed that include 99 mobile units and 67 transit teams. As many as 302 supervisors will monitor the drive.