Children aged less than five were administered polio drops as part of the Pulse Polio National Immunisation Drive here on Sunday. The State-wide drive was launched in the morning by Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who administered the vaccine to a few children at his home office.

The drive in the city was inaugurated by Transport and Home Minister R. Ashok who administered polio drops to children at the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike's (BBMP) Dasappa Maternity Hospital.

He urged parents to get their wards vaccinated against polio, and thereby contribute towards making the State polio-free.

He said that since 2008, there have been no reported cases of polio in the State. Last year, the officials had managed to reach 99.82 per cent of the target set. This year, he hoped that they would meet 100 per cent of the target. The second phase of the drive will be held on April 1.

Mayor Sharadamma said that with just two drops of the vaccination, parents could ensure that their wards are healthy for the remainder of their lives.

Towards making Bangalore a polio-free city, the drive was taken up with vigour at the civic body's referral hospitals, family health welfare centres, maternity hospitals, big pharmacies and bus and railways stations.

A BBMP official monitoring the drive said that the stress was on covering children of nomadic tribes and construction workers in the city.

The official said that the health workers had been directed to cover all the 9,275 children of nomadic tribes.

The target this year is to cover 6.51 lakh children in the city.

At the end of day one, 5,51,337 children were covered, which is 84.75 per cent of the target. The drive will continue for three days.

The BBMP had set up 78 planning units, 1,800 fixed booths, deployed 310 mobile teams and 266 mobile booths. As many as 8,352 vaccinators and 417 supervisors were involved in the drive. Special booths were set up in malls as well this year, the official added.

Rotary Bangalore Sadashivnagar (District 3190), in association with private hospitals, conducted the drive covering nearly 1,500 children. Gandhinagar MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao launched the drive at the Kempe Gowda bus station.

As many as 11 booths were set up at the intra-State bus terminus, while nine booths were set up at the intra-city BMTC bus station. In each booth, there were four nursing staff. In all, 80 nursing staff were appointed for the immunisation drive.

“It is our aim to eradicate polio from the country. Our efforts have been appreciated by many international agencies. We will continue this drive in phases for the rest of the year,” said Rtn. B.L. Nagendra Prasad, president of Rotary Sadashivnagar.

  • ‘There have been no reported polio cases since 2008'

  • Last year, 99.82 per cent of target was achieved