70 lakh children to be covered under polio campaign in TN
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 21:13
  
Chennai: An estimated 70 lakh children would be covered under the Intensive Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) campaign to be held in Tamil Nadu on January 10 and February 7 respectively for children aged below five.

"The State has not seen any polio case for the sixth successive year due to the successful implementation of IPPI campaigns. However, in view of the wild Polio virus prevalent in other states, it is essential to administer polio drops to prevent importation of polio virus from those states", State Health Minister M R K Pannerselvam said in a release today.

Polio cases were still being reported from northern states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Workers from neighbouring and northern States are engaged in construction activities and there was possibility of importation of polio virus through these migrant population to children, he said.

In view of this, the state was establishing 40,399 immunisation booths in government hospitals, primary health centres, health sub centres, noon meal centres. Transit booths have also been set upat Railway stations, bus stations, air ports, worship places. Mobile teams have also been planned to cover the population living in remote and inaccessible areas including tribal and hilly areas, it said.

-PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 21:13


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