Kolkata: India has moved closer to eradication of polio, recording only 42 cases in 2010 compared to 741 in the previous year.Till February this year, only a single case has been reported from Howrah district in West Bengal, according to the India National Polioplus Committee of Rotary International.A special polio immunisation campaign was launched recently in Howrah, Kolkata, Murshidabad and adjoining areas by administering oral polio vaccine to the children there.
Quoting UNICEF (India)`s chief of polio eradication programme Lieven Desomer, the sources said the UNICEF had expanded partnership with NGO networks in the state to bolster community participation for polio eradication efforts."Protecting children against polio and eradicating the crippling disease is a top priority," he said. Nearly 1,62,500 vaccinators are expected to immunize 93 lakh children of up to age five during the week-long polio campaign.PTI
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