About 3.15 lakh children were covered in the second phase of the pulse polio vaccination drive in Coimbatore district on Sunday. Health Department officials said that this was 98.5 per cent of the nearly 3.26 lakh children to be covered under the drive.
A total of 3,15,104 children were vaccinated at 1,581centres in the rural and urban areas. This included about 1.8 lakh children vaccinated in 1,337 centres in the rural pockets and the rest in the 244 urban centres. The remaining children would be covered in a door-to-door mode and through health centres till Wednesday.
Staff Reporter from Tirupur adds:
A total of 2,03,431 out of the targeted 2,22,568 children were vaccinated by the health officials against polio during the second phase of the pulse polio immunisation programme organised in the district on Sunday.
Deputy Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine N. Ragupathy told The Hindu that overall percentage of vaccine administration in the district stood at 91.4 per cent on the day.
“We will be conducting door-to-door campaign during the week to administer the vaccine to the children left out on the day,” he said.
For the second phase, the officials set up 1,091 static booths, 23 transit booths at bus stands, places of tourism importance and railway stations, and utilised 40 mobile teams to administer the vaccine to children of nomads as well as children staying in remote areas.
Special Correspondent from Udhagamandalam adds:
Many tourists were among the thousands of children who benefited from the second phase of the pulse polio campaign in The Nilgiris on Sunday. The booths located near tourist spots, bus stands and railway stations wore a busy look almost throughout the day.
After inaugurating the campaign by administering polio drops to a child at the Government Botanical Garden, The Nilgiris Collector P.Sankar said that during the first phase on January 18, the total number of children given the drops was 50,541. During the second phase, arrangements had been made to administer the drops to more children below the age of five. The response was good.
He added that 770 booths had been set up in various parts of the district.
A large number of officials including Child Development Scheme workers and volunteers from non-Government organisations and service bodies had been pressed into service to administer the vaccine.
Source: The Hindu