A total of 1.60 lakh children were administered drops during the first phase of Pulse Polio programme, which was launched in Mandya district on Sunday.
The District Health and Family Welfare Department had planned to immunise 1.72 lakh children, but managed to cover 94.64 per cent of the estimated children in the district.
The others in rural areas would be covered on Monday and Tuesday by anganwadi workers.
The department would conduct a door-to-door campaign on Tuesday in urban areas as only 86.22 per cent of children were administered the drops in Mandya taluk, District Health Officer T.H. Mari Gowda told The Hindu on Sunday. Volunteers immunised 99.85 per cent children in Maddur taluk, 96.03 in Malavalli, 99.99 Pandavapura, 101.8 in Srirangapatna, 92.57 in K.R. Pet and 99.31 per cent in Nagamangala taluk.
B.N. Krishnaiah, Mandya Deputy Commissioner, M. Srinivas, MLA, Mr. Mari Gowda and other officials flagged off the programme on the premises of Rotary School here on Sunday.
While the district administration had set up 723 centres to administer polio drops to children across the district, volunteers of Rotary Club and other organisations administered polio drops to hundreds of children on Bangalore–Mysore Highway and other roads in the district.
“We had set up centres at Mandya Railway Station and near KSRTC bus-stops at Mandya, Malavalli, Maddur, Pandavapura, Srirangapatna, K.R. Pet and Nagamangala taluks,” Mr. Mari Gowda said.
The department had publicised the programme through ASHA workers, doctors, health workers, nursing students, health department officials and volunteers of various associations, Mr. Gowda added.
94.64 per cent of the estimated children in the district covered Only 86.22 per cent children were administered the drops in Mandya taluk: DHO
94.64 per cent of the estimated children in the district covered
Only 86.22 per cent children were administered the drops in Mandya taluk: DHO