'Polio programme is on the right track' : CM

Published: Sunday, November 12, 2006, 20:43 [IST]

Patna, Nov 12 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said eradication of polio was the topmost priority of the state government and every effort was being made to achieve it in the near future.

Launching the last polio round of the year by giving polio drops to children at the Notre Dame Academy here, Mr Kumar said, ''The programme is on the right track and we are hopeful of an early success.'' The support of UNICEF, WHO and Rotary International was vital for achieving the goal, he added.

''India aims to eradicate polio. Eradication is necessary so that we can keep our children safe from this disease forever,'' Mr Kumar added.

He said the poor people were the most vulnerable to the virus.

''These people belong to all communities and in cities, they live in unhygenic habitations,'' he said. ''The awareness campaign is strong and I myself monitor the progress with the District Magistrates through video conferencing,'' he stated.

He recalled that the first public function he attended after becoming the Chief Minister was the launch of the polio round.

The Chief Minister said through advertisements only it was not possible to carry forward the polio awareness campaign. There was a need to go beyond it, he added.

''We should get experts to write about it so that information goes out to the people in a convincing manner,'' he said.

In the polio round starting on November 12, more than 91,000 health workers will make an effort to reach 2.05 crore children in the 38 districts of the state. More than 12,000 supervisors will be in the the field to verify the data and vaccination figures. Around 13 lakh vials of the polio vaccine will be used in the round.

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