Bihar intensifies war against polio, no p1 for nine months

Bihar has further stepped up polio eradication efforts with intense and focused initiatives to protect the vulnerable populations even as the state remains free of the most dangerous type 1 polio (P1) for over nine months.

Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 18:11 PM IST

Patna: Bihar has further stepped up polio
eradication efforts with intense and focused initiatives to
protect the vulnerable populations even as the state remains
free of the most dangerous type 1 polio (P1) for over nine
months, the longest period ever, State Health Society claims.

Briefing reporters, Sanjay Kumar, State Health Society
Executive Director, said no most dangerous type 1 polio
(P1) was reported for over nine months, the longest period
ever in Bihar.

"We have stepped up polio eradication efforts with
intense and focused initiatives to protect the vulnerable
populations in Kosi belt and other parts of the state," he
said.

Kumar said in 2010 so far, Bihar has reported six polio
cases all type 3.

The mobile, migrant and nomadic populations, which are
hard to reach and are playing an important role in the
survival and spread of polio, are being mapped listed and
focused upon in all immunization rounds as well as routine
immunization.

In effort to immunize the children not available in Bihar
during the polio rounds, the houses with such children are
being reached even in between polio campaigns in villages with
large migration outside state, he said.

To reduce the risk of virus importation from Nepal where
four p1 cases have been reported, polio immunization is also
being done at all 46 transit points along the Nepal-Bihar
border with 93 transit teams deployed for the one month period
starting from July 25, Kumar said.

PTI