Belgaum LEADer Driven to Make India Polio-Free

Posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 by LEAD

LEADer Rutuja Patil of Jain College of Engineering, once heard about WHO (World Health Organization) personnel that would visit India and conduct surveys detailing polio cases in different areas. Instead of just leaving all of the work for WHO, though, Rutuja recognize that she, too, had the ability to help India become a Polio free nation by conducting such surveys. After seeking help from a Belgaum physician, Rutuja and her team went to Mujavar Galli of Peeranawadi, near Belgaum, and surveyed the residents regarding whether or not their children had received polio vaccinations. The team spent two days surveying the area and reached out to 150 homes.  From the team's efforts, 250 children were surveyed and 230 were given information about polio and provided with medication. 
In addition to conducting the survey, Rutuja also helped some pregnant women she encountered acquire a "Mother's Card", a government privilege card for pregnant women.
Through her LEAD project, Rutuja is hoping to contribute to the WHO's mission to declare India as Polio-free, and she has certainly made a great impact so far! Rutuja now has plans to assist the WHO officials in conducting another survey in the village of Boragaon, near Chikodi.  

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