Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

No polio drops: 8 ANMs face action


not be tolerated. Even the chief minister’s office (CMO) has sought a report,” he added.

Barmer district collector Sudheer Sharma had earlier directed the health department to carry out sudden inspection­s of health centres and submit a report. He had ordered this after locals complained that most health facilities remain closed.

On Sharma’s directions, Barmer deputy chief medical and health officer, Dr PC Dipen, carried out an inspection of the health centres in three blocks – Barmer, Chohtan and Dhorimanna – from March 31 to April 2. He visited nine sub-centres and found all of them closed on April 2, which is National Pulse Polio Day. This implies that not even one child, under the age of five in these villages, were administer­ed the polio vaccine.

Apart from these, many other irregulari­ties were also found.

The Government of India had declared Barmer and Jodhpur as high-risk areas considerin­g their proximity with Pakistan, a polio endemic country. In high-risk areas, extra rounds of immunisati­on are carried out, however, several health centres failed to carry out the recent drive.

The polio virus may cause paralysis and is easily preventabl­e by the polio vaccine.

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