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Families don't allow administration of polio drops to children

Nearly 35,000 children could not be administered polio drops following the refusal of their families despite efforts of district administration and voluntary organisations, official sources have said expressing fears over the success of the recent pulse polio drive in in the district.

The health department had identified a little over 29,000 families of a particular community who had refused to allow their children to take the polio drop fearing that the drops were meant to cause impotency to check the population growth among the community, the sources here have said.

Elaborate arrangements had been made here for administering polio drops to children under five years of age in the wake of reports of a spate of polio cases in the district, they said adding that government agencies had visited every house to check for a child to administer the drops.

The families not only refused to allow the authorities to administer polio drops to over 35,000 the children, they also were rude to them, District immunisation office P K Bahuguna said pointing out opposition was witnessed in Noorpur and Khari Jhaloo areas.