Subodh De, Member mayor-in-council of the health department, said, “We have covered all houses. It is a hundred per cent success.
But WHO’s National Polio Surveillance Project in a letter to KMC contradicts the claim and points out that the project was incomplete.
The letter, which was sent to the KMC on Friday, stated: “About 62,168 households in Borough 15 were visited by the teams of which in 3,388 were marked ‘X’ and 1,455 had refused vaccination. Out of the 52,600 households in Borough 4, 754 were marked X.”
The letter further states: “In Kolkata, the team paid a visit to 1,80,839 households of which 36,615 were marked X as children were out of their houses during the period of activity or the houses were locked or parents refused vaccination.” The teams, however, did not pay a second visit to these homes.