Tuesday, September 15, 2009

News Update:New round of Pulse Polio Program in Delhi

Delhi would continue to strive hard to completely eliminate polio, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said last Saturday while launching another round of Pulse Polio campaign by administering anti-polio drops to children in a simple function organised at Delhi Secretariat.

Ms. Dikshit has urged all parents having children up to 5 years of age to take them for immunisation to the polio booths. She said Delhi Government has made elaborate arrangements for administering anti-polio drops to the children during its program on Sunday.

The Chief Minister said it would be ensured that no virus of polio could enter Delhi. She said for making a strong nation it was necessary to have strong children and this would only be possible with the success of the Pulse Polio Program. ``Our State has shown better results in this field. Delhi initiated Pulse Polio immunisation program in 1994 and launched house to house `Search and Immunisation’ in 1999.

Apart from this, a door-to-door weeklong survey has been conducted under search and immunisation Pulse Polio Campaign. The goal of this was for 17,000 workers in 9,200 teams to visit different colonies including slums and jhuggi jhopri clusters to administer Pulse Polio drops to children who could not be administered the drops on Sunday. Source The Hindu

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret

Children’s author Peg Kehret ventures into autobiography with this look back into her life in 1949, the year she was 12 and contracted three different types of polio seemingly overnight. Kehret’s personal journey reveals the horrors of polio—the pain, the slow recuperation, the isolation, the paralysis and the torturous treatments she received that facilitated her recovery. Before polio, Peg was excited about junior high —and then, she was in the hospital fighting for her life.

Small Steps provides a first-hand account and will appeal to children and parents alike .

News Update:Pulse polio campaign from Sep 10 to 14- Allahabad

There will be a Pulse polio immunisation campaign in Allahabad from September 10 to 14 wherein a total of ten lakh children aged between 0 to 5
years are to be administered polio drops.

For ensuring a cent per cent coverage, a total of 1791 teams have been constituted and they have been entrusted with the task of visiting at least 100 homes each day. In addition, 179 transit and mobile teams too have been formed while 1415 anganwadi workers and 2467 Asha workers too have been pressed into service for assisting the teams.

District development officer, RC Pandey stressed upon the need to learn lessons from the shortcomings of the previous pulse polio campaigns and ensure that the mistakes would not be repeated. Although no case of polio has been reported from the city, the officer expressed dissatisfaction over the working of education department and ICDS employees.

Source TNN