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Securing their future: Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia with children during the pulse polio immunization programme on Sunday.
Securing their future: Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia with children during the pulse polio immunization programme on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

US Charge d’Affaires Peter Burleigh also took part in the drive

NEW DELHI: As part pulse polio immunisation programme, US Charge d’Affaires Peter Burleigh administered polio drops to children at the MCD Maternity Home in Srinivaspuri here. He was joined by Delhi Mayor Dr. Kanwar Sain, State Health Minister Kiran Walia and Municipal Commissioner K.S. Mehra.

Representatives of United States Agency for International Development, World Health Organisation and Rotary Club also administered polio drops to children. The US Charge d’Affaires took keen interest in the exhibition that was organised to apprise about the status of polio in the country as a whole and Delhi in particular and also urged people to administer polio drops to their children. Dr. Sain assured that the MCD would take steps to ensure that polio was eliminated from Delhi.

However, a group of journalists who went to cover the event attended by the U.S Charge d’Affaires boycotted the function alleging that the police misbehaved with them and barred them from entering the venue citing security reasons. When journalists insisted on entry, the police allegedly pushed them following which media persons boycotted the event.

Mr. Burleigh also accompanied Northern Railway officials on a visit to the pulse polio booth at Nizamuddin railway station. Every year pulse polio booths are set up by the medical department of Northern Railway at all major railway stations and a team of the medical staff is also deployed in trains to give polio drops to children up to the age of five years.

The pulse polio programme is aimed at covering 26 lakh children in Delhi. About 32 government agencies and non-government organisations are engaged in the programme. After “Booth Day” on Sunday which was marked by parents and guardians taking children to booths for polio drops, volunteers would be visiting homes from Monday to ensure that all children in Delhi have been covered.

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