Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss today said yesterday’s pulse polio campaign was successful but admitted that the programme missed some of the pockets in Uttar Pradesh due to apprehensions of local people.
“The November 12 immunisation campaign was a successful though we have missed some pockets in Uttar Pradesh. But I don’t have the exact number of children who have missed the programme there,” Ramadoss told reporters.
During the January/February rounds of pulse polio campaign these children will be covered, he told reporters on the sidelines of the 20th Congress of Asian Association of Paediatrics here.
The minister said he was supposed to visit Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh to convince Muslim community leaders that the immunisation programme would not leave their children impotent, but put off the tour as local body polls were on during that time.
“It was unfortunate,” Ramadoss commented when asked about reports of some parents in Moradabad refusing to give polio drops to their children during the campaign fearing that it might leave them impotent.
So far there were 522 cases of polio reported in the country this year as against 66 last year.