Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda launched the Pulse Polio campaign in the State by administering polio drops to a few children at his home office ‘Krishna' here on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering, he said that 74.59 lakh children in the age group of zero to five would be immunised in the State as part of the campaign.
As many as 31,410 vaccination booths manned by 98,790 vaccinators had been set up in the State. Special mobile teams would reach inaccessible areas, and transit teams at bus-stands and railway stations would cover floating population.
A total of 1,04,002 vaccinators and 6,722 supervisors would be involved in the exercise.
The booth round will be followed by a door-to-door campaign over the next three days.
The second immunisation round will be held on April 1.
Mr. Gowda said that while the country had achieved tremendous progress in eradicating polio, having completed one year without even a single case being reported from any State since January 12, 2011, Karnataka achieved this five years ago.
The State had been making systematic and sustained efforts for implementing routine immunisation programme in addition to supplementary immunisation activities on national immunisation days and sub-national immunisation days, he added.
Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Commissioner M.K. Shankarlinge Gowda, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare E.V. Ramana Reddy and Rotary International District 3190 governor S. Nagendra attended the programme.