A total of 4.12 lakh children in the age group of 0 to 5 years would be given polio vaccine on Sunday in Karimnagar district by opening 2,840 polio administration centres.

Talking to newsmen here on Saturday, Joint Collector H. Arun Kumar said that all arrangements are in place for the administration of polio vaccine on Sunday by roping in the services of Medical and Health Department, ICDS, and women IKP group members.

He said that they had also decided to deploy 73 mobile teams and 34 transit teams to ensure that there was cent per cent administration of vaccine to the children.

Calling upon the parents to ensure that their children are given the polio vaccine, he said Rs .54 lakhs has been allocated for the Pulse Polio programme in the district. DM&HO Nageshwara Rao, nodal officer Dr. Gayathri, district immunization officer Aleem and others were present.

Nellore Staff reporter adds: The present drive for Pulse Polio programme will cover nearly 3.28 lakh children in Nellore district.

The doses will be given all over the district on Sunday.

This time, the programme acquires greater significance because of the efforts being made to get polio-free certification for the entire State. There has been no case of polio in recent years in the district even as all children are being covered during every drive, said District Collector B. Sridhar and DM&HO Dr. K. Masila Mani.

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the vaccination with steps being taken to cover even children of migrating families and high-risk groups, whose number is around 3,800.

The number of doses required is 4.14 lakh and nearly 12 buffer stock points have been identified.

The vaccination will be given at nearly 3,031 booths of which 2,549 are located in rural areas and 482 in urban centres.

There are 87 mobile booths. The Pulse Polio programme will be taken up through out the State in two rounds -- Sunday, January 20 and February 24.

Efforts being made to get polio-free certification for the State; mobile teams and vaccine administration booths set up