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Delhi on way to becoming polio-free: Dikshit

One case was reported in 2005, while none have come up so far this year, she said while launching the polio campaign.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 18:24 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said that with only one case reported in 2005 and no cases reported so far thisyear, Delhi is on its way to becoming polio free.

She stated this while launching the April phase of the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation programme by administering polio drops to children at a function at her official residence.

Speaking on the occasion, Dikshit said that in February this year, Delhi government had immunised more than 26 lakh children at 7516 centres and over 42 lakh houses were visited to vaccinate children under five as part of a 'search and immunise' campaign.

"The government is working hard to make the capital a polio-free city and as a result of the efforts made, only one case of polio was reported in 2005 and no case has been reported in the current year so far," she said.

The current round of the pulse polio campaign will continue till April 15.

The campaign would also cover the Delhi Metro stations and teams would also be deployed on trains going to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to immunise children in transit.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 18:24 IST