Centre to introduce oral polio vaccine soon
New Delhi: Launching a special drive to
tackle persistent prevalence of polio in the country, the
Centre today said it would soon introduce an oral polio
vaccine to tackle certain strains of the paralysing disease.
"Government is committed to wipe out polio from the
country and in this national and international organisations,
state governments and general public will have to work in a
concerted manner," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
He said the government will soon introduce a bi-valent
oral polio vaccine to attack the type I and type III virus.
He also envisaged a registry of immunised children which
can be verified centrally.
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat,
Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal figure
in the special drive.
So far, this year, 568 cases have been reported as
compared to 559 last year. Western Uttar Pradesh is witnessing
a sharp rise in type III cases (427 cases out of total 454
cases in the state).
Bihar is another focus area where there are 68 cases out
of total 103 cases from the type III strain.
UP and Delhi will have seven sub-national immunisation
days in addition to the usual national days whereas Bihar will
have eight additional immunisation days.
In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar the special drive will cover
children in urban slums and street children.
First Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 00:00
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