Thursday, April 19, 2012

Orange City is Polio Free City

NAGPUR: It has only been a couple of years since the World Health Organization declared India polio-free and removed it from the list of polio endemic nations. The city, however, has remained polio-free for over six years now.Officials believe that this was possible because of the rigorous immunization programmes taken up regularly. The credit for such drives and creation of awareness, though, is to be shared between government authorities and several NGOs.

Nagpur Zilla Parishad and NMC are organizing an immunization drive on April 15. "There has been no case of polio in the city since 2006. The world, and especially India, is moving fast towards achieving the goal of being polio free. We have managed to acquire this status way back because of the seriousness with which people have responded to anti-polio drive and got their kids immunized," said district health officer Dr Nadeem Khan. He believes that along with the government, the success can be attributed to hard work put in by volunteers like aanganwadi workers, teachers, gram sewaks, talathis and members of various NGOs, like Indian Medical Association, National Integrated Medical Association, National Cadet Corps ( NCC), Rotary Club, Home Guards among many others.

"All parents should ensure that children aged between 0 to 6 years of age are given drops whenever there is a drive by concerned civic authorities," said Dr Khan. "This year, we want to ensure that not even one child below the age of five is denied polio drops. That is why we have not only established booths for administering the drops but also made a provision for door-to-door immunization," said Dr Shyam Shende, NMC's program officer for pulse polio. This will ensure that children living in slums, factory areas, construction sites and far flung areas also get the drops. He said.

"Our transit teams would visit public places like malls, temples, railway station, bus stands to administer drops. Even the destitute, tribal population and street kids would be taken care of," he added.For the convenience of citizens, booths are placed in such a manner that people would have to travel less than a couple of kilometres to reach them, officials said

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