Union Minister of State for Tourism Sultan Ahmed has urged the community leader in West Bengal to come together to spread awareness about the benefits of polio vaccine.
"All the religious leaders should come together to spread awareness about the benefits of polio vaccine and ensure that not a single child is left out in the immunization campaign," Ahmed told reporters here Friday.
AdvertisementAround 4.5 million children are expected to be immunized in West Bengal's 11 districts during the June 17 polio campaign.
Ahmed added that although India was no longer on the World Health Organization's list of polio-endemic countries, there was a risk of unprotected children in the country getting infected, as the polio virus still existed in neighboring Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Muslim cleric Mehrab Siddiqi also appealed to the parents to get their children vaccinated.