Staff Reporter

President, Chief Minister launch fresh phase of programme

NEW DELHI: Launching a fresh phase of Intensified Pulse Polio Programme in the Capital, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit administered anti-polio drops to several children here on Saturday.

The Chief Minister, expressing concern over the six polio cases reported this past year, said her Government was committed to making Delhi a polio-free State at the earliest and efforts were being made to "streamline" the strategy to overcome the challenge of polio.

"The awareness programmes will be intensified and more emphasis would be laid on uncovered areas in slum colonies. Even after the one-day immunisation programme, designated teams would visit door to door to ascertain left out children and ensure administering of anti polio drops to them," she said.The Chief Minister claimed that the occurrence of fresh cases in the Capital was mostly because of migration of polio-affected children from neighbouring States.

Aiming to ensure participation by all sections of society, the State Government has sought cooperation of the local Imams to "dispel all misconceptions" about the pulse polio programme.

Ms. Dikshit said as part of the public awareness drive MTNL, Airtel and other telecom companies and the power distribution companies NDPL and BSES had started giving out pulse polio message on their bills and other printed matter. Around 27 lakh children would be administered anti-polio drops at 7,500 booths across Delhi on Sunday. Nearly 24,000 personnel have been deputed for this purpose.

Polio booths have been set up at railway stations, bus terminals, metro rail stations, major parks and temples.