Around 8.93 lakh children administered polio drops in Haryana

Chandigarh, Mar 27 (PTI) As many as 8.93 lakh children within the age of five years have been covered today during the first day of the Sub-National Immunisation round of Pulse Polio 2010-11 in 13 districts of Haryana, official sources said.

Launching the campaign, the Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Yadav said, “the campaign would continue for another two days by way of house-to-house activity to trace and administer polio drops to the left out children on booth day.”

The districts where the campaign was conducted include Gurgaon, Faridabad, Mewat and Palwal, Ambala, Jhajjar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panchkula, Panipat, Rohtak, Sonipat and Yamuna Nagar, he said, adding, the drive was conducted to cover migratory population only in order to wipe out polio from the State.

In order to smoothly carry out this campaign, 5000 booths were setup in the state and these were manned by approximately 20,000 health officials, the minister said.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Government has allocated health sector an outlay of Rs 1,443.61 crore in 2011-12, which is Rs 67.73 crore more than that of the current fiscal, official spokesman said.

Nine out of the 21 district hospitals were being renovated and upgraded to bring them to the Indian Public Health (IPH) Standards, three new district hospitals were being constructed, he said.

The spokesman said that major infrastructural improvements were being effected to upgrade all health institutions to IPH Standards.

Six out of the 21 district hospitals – Faridabad, Gurgaon, Bhiwani, Hisar, Rohtak and Sonepat – are being renovated and upgraded by the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC), New Delhi, under the

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