S.K. Basavarajan, MLA, inaugurated the Pulse Polio drive organised by the district administration and the district Health and Family Welfare Department on the district hospital premises here on Sunday by administering the polio drops to a child below the age of five.
Later, Mr Basavarajan said that the volunteers involved in the polio immunisation drive should ensure that all children below the age of five were administered with the vaccine.
He called upon the people to get their children administered with the polio drops whenever the volunteers visited their houses or by taking their children to a nearby booth. He urged the officials concerned to provide the volunteers with proper facilities to cover all the children below the age of five.
District Health and Family Welfare Officer S.R. Mahalingappa said that 1,047 booths had been set up to administer polio vaccine to 1,80,458 children below five years of age.
In addition, nine mobile teams comprising 2,094 staff members and 222 supervisors were involved in the programme, for which 179 vehicles had also been provided, he said.
Mr. Basavarajan said that volunteers would be visiting every house in all the six taluks of the district to ensure cent per cent coverage.