Special counters set up at railway and bus stations; next phase on April 1
As many as 4.62 lakh children were administered polio drops in Chittoor district on Sunday through a network of 2,914 centres where special polio camps were run by the government for a polio-free India.
According to a government release, 6 lakh units of polio drops were made available to the district by the government for the programme, first in the two instalments proposed for the current year. The next and the last phase for the year would be held on April 1, the note added and pointed out that as many as 4.62 lakh children were identified in the age group of 0-5 years in Chittoor district and the whole lot were targeted in the first phase on Sunday even as the official figures are still being compiled.
Minister Galla Arunakumari formally launched the programme by administering polio vaccine to a baby at PHC, Mangalam village, near Tirupati.
In her brief address, she said the nation-wide programme was taken up 17 years ago to see India emerge as a polio-free country and claimed that not even a single polio case was reported in the country in the last one year and in Chittoor district during the last 9 years.
She said if there was zero-polio case reported in the country for three consecutive years, India stood the best chance of the World Health Organisation declaring it officially as a polio-free nation and appealed in this connection to both the parents and those engaged in the programme to achieve the distinction with hard work and dedication.
The Pulse Polio programme was conducted successfully in different parts of the district including in the Tirupati Municipal Corporation limits where 43,468 eligible children were identified for administration of the drops through a network of 158 centres.
Kadapa Special Correspondent reports: District Collector V. Anil Kumar exhorted parents on Sunday to get polio drops administered to their children up to five years of age.
The Collector launched the Pulse Polio drive in Kadapa district by administering polio drops to children in the Municipal High School at Gandhinagar.
The second phase of Pulse Polio drive would be on April 1, he said. Officials would visit households over the next two days to administer drops to children who were not covered on Sunday.
Regional Joint Director of Medical and Health Anand, DMHO K. Prabhudas, in charge Municipal Commissioner Srinivasulu, district Grandhalaya Samstha chairman Ramakoti Reddy, DEO Nagaraju, National Rural Health Mission official Srinivas and Municipal Health Officer Srinivasa Rao participated.
Joint Collector K. Nirmala administered polio drops to children in Zion College and said the drops would prevent handicap of children. Zion College correspondent K. Rajarathnam Isaac and others participated.
Congress MLA of Rajampet A. Amarnath Reddy administered polio drops to children in Rajampet Government Hospital. He urged officials to administer polio drops to children on transit in bus stations, railway stations and other centres. Government doctors Ramesh and Sekhar said 71 teams administered polio drops to children in Rajampet. A polio drive was organised in an ambulance at Attirala for pilgrims visiting the temple on Mahasivaratri.
Nellore Staff Reporter adds: Polio drops were administered to children in the age group of 0 to 5 years at various centres in the city and all over the district on Sunday. For the convenience of parents and travelling public, the polio drops centres were opened at railway stations, bus stands and busy centres. The officials said many parents brought their children to the centres.
Marking the inauguration of the programme, District Collector B. Sridhar and Superintendent of Police B.V. Ramana Kumar administered polio drops to children at Uconagar here on Sunday morning. A large number of parents, children, officials of various departments were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sridhar said that efforts should be made to cover all children under the vaccination drive and march towards a polio-free district.
He wanted the officials to conduct the programme efficiently and also continue the same by administering drops to children at their doorsteps if they could not come to the centres.
Mr. Sridhar said that all facilities were being provided for making the programme a grand success and ice boxes were provided for storing and carrying the vaccine.
DM&HO Masila Mani, municipal commissioner T.S.R. Anjaneyulu and others were present.
Kurnool Special Correspondent adds: Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G. Venkatesh launched the Pulse Polio programme at District Central Library. Collector Ramsankar Naik and others were present. In all 2,735 polio posts were set up and nearly 11,000 staff was drafted for the purpose. A total of 4,95,955 children were identified for administering the drops.