MLA inaugurates the programme at the district hospital in Bellary
G. Somashekar Reddy, MLA, on Sunday called upon the people to help in making the district polio-free.
He was speaking after launching the Pulse Polio programme at the district hospital here by administering polio drops to a child.
Mr. Reddy appealed to the people to bring their children to the polio booths voluntarily. He urged the Health Department personnel to ensue that all children aged up to five years were covered under the programme.
J. Shanta, MP, who also administered the vaccine to a child, said that no case of polio had been reported from any part of the district during the last two years. It was the responsibility of all, including the elected representatives, non-governmental organisations, and the departments concerned, to create more awareness among the public abut the importance of Pulse Polio programme.
About 3.61 lakh children will be administered the polio vaccine during the three-day drive. All arrangements had been made, including deputing of adequate staff, forming of mobile squads, and facilities to undertake the door-to-door campaign from Monday.
Aruna Thippareddy, zilla panchayat president; Parvathi Indushekar, Mayor; Manjunath Nayak, Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat; Srikant Basur, District Health Officer; Pompapati, District Surgeon; and D.L. Narayan, Municipal Commissioner, were present.