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Jaipur: 10L kids to benefit from anti-polio drive on Feb 23

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 7:57pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA

The second phase of the country-wide Pulse Polio vaccination programme would be underway from February 23.

To ensure effective implementation of the vaccination programme, district collector Krishna Kunal has issued strict guidelines to officials of the health department directing them to leave no stone unturned while the programme is underway.

The collector has asked health department officials to make sure that not even a single child is deprived of the anti-polio vaccine drops.

The officer has asked block-level chief medical officers (CMO) to hold a meeting with subdivision officials and division-level officers.

During the second phase of the mega vaccination programme, around 10 lakh children are expected to be given the polio vaccine dosage. Towards this end, the health department is going to set-up 5,657 camps. Along with this, 2,98 transit camps would also be set up to ensure the anti-polio programme reaches even the most remote areas of Rajasthan. To enhance the effectiveness of the programme further, 553 mobile teams would also be deployed; these will go from village to village administering vaccines.

The collector has also said that such a big event can only be successfully executed with joint collaboration of all departments. Volunteers and officers would be called from anganbaris, government teachers, students, corporators, medical and health departments and various other organisations.

The first phase of the nation-wide anti-polio programme was held on January 19 in which more than 60 lakh children were given the vaccine.

India is all geared up to be tagged ‘polio-free,’ on February 11 by the Indian Government after not a single case of polio was reported in the past three years within the country’s boundaries.

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