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‘No room for complacency in fight against polio’

— Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

HEALTH FIRST: Governor N.D. Tiwari administering polio drops to a child at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on Sunday.

HYDERABAD: Governor N. D. Tiwari along with Health and Family Welfare Minister S. Chandrasekhar and Rotarian Carolyn Jones from Alaska, USA, administered polio drops to 12 children below five years of age at Raj Bhavan to mark the national immunisation day on Sunday.

In a message, the Governor called for steps to sensitise mothers about crippling effects of polio and to ensure their participation in the pulse polio campaign.

He described polio as a dreaded disease and said the campaign has almost wiped out polio from the State.

Yet there was no room for complacency and a ceaseless war needed to be waged to ensure a polio-free Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing the gathering, the Minister outlined the steps being taken by the government to eliminate polio in the State.

Ms. Carolyn Jones, Trustee, Rotary International, said she was happy to take part in the campaign.

She thanked the government for making arrangements for the successful implementation of the campaign.

Later, she visited the urban health posts at Charminar and Shalibanda. She administered polio drops to ten children at Charminar.

Target

Anil Puneta, Commissioner, Family Welfare, said the State government had fixed a target of covering 99,92,550 children by administering them with polio drops.

Mr. Chandrasekhar also administered polio drops to children at Chintalbasti urban health post and Energy Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir at Charminar.

According to Jayakumari, District Medical and Health Officer, Hyderabad, 6.75 lakh children were covered under the campaign during the day at 3,200 polio booths.

As many as 12,800 personnel were involved in the campaign. The GHMC staff and the cantonment board staff besides volunteers will undertake house-to-house pulse polio on February 11, 12 and 13.

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