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First round of Pulse Polio programme begins today

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Booths set up, teams to visit houses to administer drops

Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar addressing a press conference in Gulbarga on Saturday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni
Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar addressing a press conference in Gulbarga on Saturday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

No new cases of polio have been reported in the district since 2003, which, according to Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar, can be attributed to the push Pulse Polio programmes received during the period.

Gulbarga has been polio-free for the past 14 years, with the last case in the city being reported in 1999, and the last case of polio in the undivided Gulbarga district (including Yadgir district) was reported in 2003.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Mr. Prasanna Kumar said there would be no slackness on the part of Health Department officials to keep the disease in check.

“The first round of the Pulse Polio programme for the current year, which will take four days to cover 3.97 lakh children below five years in the district, will begin from Sunday. Throughout the district, 1,437 booths have been established for the administration of the polio drops,” the Deputy Commissioner said.

“Teams will also visit houses in the district to administer polio drops,” he said.

“There are over 4.92 lakh houses in the district, and 1,597 teams, comprising health workers and staff drawn from other departments, have been formed. Besides, 134 transit teams and 26 mobile teams will be at bus-stands, railway stations, markets and fairs,” Mr. Prasanna Kumar added.

A total of 3,194 staff from the Health and Family Welfare Department and other departments have been drafted for the four-day campaign in the district.


  • The programme will cover 3.97 lakh children

    in four days: Deputy Commissioner

  • ‘A total of 3,194 staff from various departments have been drafted for the campaign’


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