Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday launched another round of Pulse Polio campaign in Delhi by administering anti-polio drops to some children at a function organised at her residence here.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Dikshit said Delhi has always been a pioneer in Pulse Polio immunisation programme and urged parents to take their children up to five years of age for immunisation to polio booths on Sunday.

Ms. Dikshit said it would be ensured that polio remains completely eradicated from Delhi as for a strong nation the children should also be strong. Recalling how Delhi had initiated the Pulse Polio immunisation programme in 1994 and launched house to house “Search Immunisation” in 1999, she said lauded the efforts of the Health Department in ensuring the success of the drive.

Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia informed that 8,200 polio booths would be set up to administer polio vaccine to the children. Around 35,000 workers and employees of the Health Department would be deployed during the day.

They would also man stalls stationed at Railway Stations, ISBTs, public places including major temples, Metro Stations, Millennium Park and Zoo to increase the coverage of the campaign.

Prof. Walia said apart from this, a door-to-door weeklong survey would also be conducted under search and immunisation Pulse Polio campaign and around 17,000 workers in 9,200 teams would visit different colonies including slum and jhuggi jhopri clusters to make search of left over cases and administer polio drops to those children.

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