Staff Reporter

First case in State since 2004

  • First case in State since 2004
  • Officials to meet in Hyderabad

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The official machinery swung into action to find out how a child got infected with a wild virus of polio. A day after the news was reported in the media, a flurry of activity was witnessed at Pedajalaripeta. District Medical and Health Officer P. Jagannadham and District Immunisation Officer J. Sarojini visited the area and interacted with the family of the two-year-old patient Pottu Krishna alias Aravind.

    The family has been residing in Pedajalaripeta for one and a half decade. Krishna has a brother and a sister who used to frequent their grandparent's place in a slum near the fishing harbour.

    Dr. Jagannadham told The Hindu after a visit to Pedajalaripeta that it was too early to find out the exact reason for the case, the first in the State after 2004. The last case was reported at Vajrapakotturu in Srikakulam district.

    A meeting of officials has been convened at Hyderabad to discuss the reporting of polio case here on Monday. The Governmentis also deputing a special team of experts to the city on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, the sources said the District Immunisation Officer and Surveillance Medical Officer (Government of India) stationed in the city will be submitting a report to the DMHO. The State Surveillance Officer based at Hyderabad is also expected to arrive soon.