District Collector V. Anil Kumar directed the doctors of Primary Health Centres on Thursday to conduct the first phase of Pulse Polio programme on January 20 and the second phase on February 24 in a foolproof manner.

Addressing a training programme for them in the Collectorate Sabha Bhavan, he said 74 mobile vehicles were deployed for PHC doctors and staff to go round schools and cover all the eligible children. Polio drops should be administered to children by visiting all the households in urban areas in three days. They should cover schools in rural areas from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for two days.

Migrants who live in tents and huts in Kadapa, Proddatur, Rayachoti and Rajampet areas should also be covered, the Collector said. Awareness should be created about the programme by doctors in villages within the jurisdiction of their PHCs. Polio drops should be administered to children on transit in bus and railway stations and the hamlets and small inhabitations should be covered. Sixteen core group officers were drafted to oversee the programme.

Polio cases were not recorded in the last two years in the country and India would be declared polio-free if no case was recorded for three successive years, Mr. Anil Kumar said. National Health Organisation would monitor the pulse polio drive on the stipulated days.

Regional Director of Medical and Health Anand said PHCs got new doctors and they should discharge duties diligently. District Immunisation Officer Nagaraju, senior doctors and PHC doctors participated.