Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarasimha has said all efforts should be put in place to declare India polio-free in the coming future.

Addressing a gathering after administering polio drops to children at Isukabavi in Ramachandrapuram mandal on Sunday, Mr. Damodar urged the people not to neglect giving polio drops to their children.

Informing that the programme would be conducted twice in a year, he said that this would be a continuous programme till the polio was eradicated across the nation.

At Zaheerabad, Major Industries Minister J. Geetha Reddy and at Narsapur, Women and Child Welfare Minister V. Sunitha Laksmha participated in the programme.

Collector S. Suresh Kumar administered polio drops to children at Marx Colony. More than 90 per cent of the 3.48 lakh children spread across the district were covered on the first day of the programme, according to the District Medical and Health Officer Dr. Ranga Reddy.

Polio drops to 4.26 lakh children

Karimnagar Staff Reporter writes: Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu has formally launched the Pulse Polio Immunisation programme by administering the polio vaccine to the children at urban health centre in Hussainpura of Karimnagar on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister called upon all sections of society to play a responsible role in the eradication of polio from the country by administering the vaccine to the children in the age group of 0 to 5 years. He said that the parents should play a crucial role for the healthy growth of their children by administering the polio and other vaccines to protect from the diseases.

Educating the people about the importance of institutional deliveries to check infant and mother mortality rates, he said that the “Amma Lalana” programme was yielding good results in Karimnagar with the increase in the deliveries in the primary health centres. He said that under the ‘Amma Lalana' programme the medical authorities were sending SMS alerts to the pregnant women about when to approach hospital for treatment and eating healthy food and administration of medicines.

Collector Smita Sabharwal said that a total of over 4.26 lakh children in the age group of 0 to 5 years would be given the polio vaccine with the help of 11,562 personnel. She said that the medical teams would also conduct door-to-door survey on Monday and Tuesday to ensure cent per cent administration of polio vaccine.

Government Whip Arepalli Mohan, Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar, local legislator G. Kamalakar, MLC N.Laxman Rao, Additional Joint Collector Sundar Abnar, DMHO Nageshwar Rao, District Immunisation Officer Dr. Aleem and others were also present.

Door-to-door survey

Nalgonda Correspondent writes: As many as 3,58,701 (91.05 per cent) of the estimated 3.92 lakh children in the age group of 0 to 5 years were given polio drops across 2,938 centres in the district on Sunday. As many as 11,752 personnel, including government employees, were involved in the administration of polio drops at various centres, including schools, government offices, and bus/railway stations.

Collector N. Mukteswara Rao gave polio drops to several children in the Government hospital here. The children who missed on Sunday are to be covered on February 20 and 21 during the door-to-door campaign to be taken up by the medical and health staff, among others.

District Medical and Health Officer Dr. Amos said all arrangements were made to ensure 100 per cent coverage of the target children. Special attention was devoted to cover children of migrant population, slums, temporary shelters, construction sites and brick-making units.