Jan 19, 2013

Over 97 p.c. children covered in polio campaign

A child being administered polio drops as part of the Pulse Polio Immunisation drive at Coimbatore Junction on Sunday. Photo S.Siva Saravanan

The HinduA child being administered polio drops as part of the Pulse Polio Immunisation drive at Coimbatore Junction on Sunday. Photo S.Siva Saravanan
Coimbatore Corporation records 102 per cent
The district administration has managed to administer oral polio vaccine to 97.5 per cent of the 3.18 lakh children on Sunday, the day the 17 nationwide pulse polio campaign was held.
A release from the district administration said that it had established 1,564 camps to administer the polio drops to children below five years, deploying 6,274 workers for the purpose.
It had also established 23 camps at railway station and bus stands in the city to target children among the floating population.
The Coimbatore Corporation, which had established 196 camps within the city to administer the drops to 1.10 lakh children managed to reach 1.12 lakh children, recording 102 per cent.
District Collector M. Karunagaran, Mayor S.M. Velusamy, Corporation Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy and other officials inaugurated the campaign at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital and at the Corporation's dispensary on Krishnasamy Road (Brooke Bond Road).
Mr. Ponnusamy said that on Monday the civic body's health staff would conduct door-to-door campaign to administer the oral vaccine to those children who may have been left out.
In Tirupur, the second phase of the Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme-2012 to administer oral anti-polio vaccine to 2,23,563 children aged up to five years in the district, concluded on Sunday evening.
Of the children identified, a total of 1,56,130 were residing in rural localities, 66,633 in urban areas, 779 in temporary shelters and 21 in various Sri Lankan refugee camps functioning in the district.
Official sources told reporters that 1,083 booths (967 in rural areas and 116 in urban areas) were set up to administer the vaccine.
The health officials would be carrying out a door-to-door campaign in the coming days this week to administer the anti-polio drops to the children left out in the immunization drive conducted on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment M.S.M. Anandan inaugurated the campaign at a function held on District Headquarters Hospital premises in the presence of District Collector M. Mathivanan and Deputy Mayor S. Gunasekaran.

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Jan 17, 2013

Review WHO Polio 2012

WHO presents '2012 In Review' photo essay

They public health milestones were reached in 2012, including the end of poliotransmission in India and meeting the Millennium Development Goal target on drinking water ahead of schedule," the WHO reports in a summary of a "2012 In Review"photo essay. Among other accomplishments, "WHO published new statistics highlighting the growing problem of high blood pressure and diabetes, [and showing] that 15 million babies are born preterm every year, but that overall progress on child survival is speeding up," the summary continues. The photo essay covers 18 different "key health issues" from 2012 (December 2012).

Drive against polio: Rotary sets up mobile museum


A view of the Rotary International's mobile museum on polio in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
The HinduA view of the Rotary International's mobile museum on polio in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
It is open to public on the beach road near YMCA till January 21
Rotary district, Visakhapatnam, set up a mobile museum on polio to create awareness among people about polio and the need to eradicate it.
The mobile structure, an air balloon with walls on four sides and top is set up on the parking area on the beach road near YMCA here and will be open to public during evening hours till January 21.
Inside the temporary structure one can find posters detailing the fight against polio world over since 1985 when Rotary launched its Pulse Polio programme with an initial pledge of 120 million US dollars which rose to a billion dollars till now.
The charts explain that 3.5 lakh cases were reported in 125 countries in 1985 and the number dropped to 1,500 in four countries by 2007. Polio is an endemic in only three countries in 2012 -- Nigeria (104 new cases), Pakistan (54) and Afghanistan (30) while India has been marked one year free of polio in January 2012.
As many as 150 countries were declared polio free in 1996. The Americas, Western hemisphere and Europe were declared polio free in 1991, 1994 and 2002 respectively. The charts also give details of the work being done in African countries.
Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan too must get rid of polio so that the earth could be free of polio.
One chart says that Taliban is preventing polio immunisation programme in some rural areas of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. Even one case of polio would be enough to spread the disease to neighbouring areas. Hence it is necessary to ensure every one is vaccinated.
Rotary district governor Ch. Surya Rao said the display was planned to attract people’s attention and their involvement in polio eradication.
Another 800 million dollars were required to eradicate polio in the three countries and to continue immunisation programme in India. Rotary district Visakhapatnam would contribute 2 lakh dollars for the programme.
The show would be held in different places of the Rotary district (covering the revenue districts from Srikakulam to Krishna) with a longer show to be held in Vijayawada from February 12 to 24, with the second National Immunisation Day falling in between. The first NID, January 20, would be during the show here.
The show would move to MVRG Engineering College near Vizianagaram for a three-day programme from January 26. A model UN Assembly session would be held on January 27.
Wheel chairs
Minister for Infrastructure and Investments Ganta Srinivasa Rao inaugurated the show and former Rotary governor Varada Reddy distributed wheel chairs for physically challenged persons. Polio victims needing wheelchairs could contact Jagan of the Rotary Club (92466 17666). They need to submit a copy of the certificate of physical disability and proof of identity.

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