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ITDA to use boat services to administer polio vaccines

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Polio vaccine boxes being kept ready for Pulse Polio programme in Khammam on Saturday.—PHOTO: G.N. RAO
Polio vaccine boxes being kept ready for Pulse Polio programme in Khammam on Saturday.—PHOTO: G.N. RAO

The Integrated Tribal Development Agency has devised a multi-focal action plan envisaging the use of different modes of transportation, including the boat services to administer oral polio vaccine to the targeted 1.56 lakh children in the Bhadrachalam agency during the first phase of the pulse polio immunisation drive on January 20.

As many as 2,250 polio booths have been set up for this purpose in the tribal sub-plan mandals in the agency area.

Elaborate arrangements have been made to administer polio drops to 2.98 lakh children in the age group of 0-5 years all over the district on Sunday.

In all, 13,884 staff drawn from medical and health department besides other allied agencies concerned will be pressed into action to conduct the pulse polio immunisation drive.

Focus

Special focus has been laid on remote tribal habitations particularly those situated in inaccessible areas such as hill top habitations to immunise tribal children against polio during Sunday’s special drive, said ITDA Project Officer G Veerapandian.

Boat services will be utilised to reach out to children living in the riverside villages in the Agency, Mr. Veerapandian. said adding that the mobile teams would be seen in action to cover all the children in the age group of 0-5 years, including those travelling on the boats to Papikondalu tourist hub on Sunday.


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