The authorities administered the polio vaccine to 95 per cent of the over 3 lakh children under 5 years of age in Mysore district during the Pulse Polio drive held on Sunday.
In the continuing battle to eradicate polio as part of the nation-wide mission to combat the disease, the district administration had made elaborate arrangements for the administration of polio drops. As the city is popular among tourists, the authorities had ensured that polio administration centres were at places of tourist-interest, including the zoo, palace and Chamundi Hills.
District Health Officer Malegowda told The Hindu that 91.4 per cent of the children were administered the polio vaccine in Mysore urban while 97.3 per cent of children in rural areas were covered. “There will be a door-to-door campaign for the next two to three days to ensure that polio drops are administered to all children under five,” he added.
Among the taluks, 91.3 per cent of the children were covered in T. Narsipur while in Nanjangud the authorities inoculated 93 per cent. In H.D. Kote, 92 per cent were covered, Hunsur, 98.4 per cent; Periyapatana, 96 and K.R. Nagar, 95.2.
The Pulse Polio drive was launched by Minister for Medical Education S.A. Ramdas, who administered the vaccine to a few children.
Mr. Ramdas also announced the launch of a new mission from March 1 to fight malnutrition, reckoned to be high among children in Mysore district.
The authorities had estimated that there were over 3 lakh children below five years in the district, and arrangements were in place to administer the vaccine to all the children eligible, notwithstanding their remote location.
There were 1,588 vaccination centres in the district, including 308 centres in the city which had to reach out to 89, 813 children below five years.
The total number of children in the rural and taluk areas was 2,14,182.
More than 6,100 medical and paramedical staff, NGOs and volunteers had been drafted for the Pulse Polio drive and apart from places of tourist interest, the authorities had made provisions for the vaccine to be administered to bus and train passengers at the bus-stand and city railway stations.
There were 14 mobile units in the district to access remote regions to ensure that all children were administered the polio vaccine, according to Mr. Malegowda.
Supplementing the authorities' efforts was the Mysore Division of the South Western Railways, which also launched the Pulse Polio Immunisation Campaign at the city railway stations.