A total of 1,52,754 children in the zero to five age group were given Pulse Polio drops in Dakshina Kannada district on Sunday, O.R. Srirangappa, District Health and Family Welfare Officer, told The Hindu .
The drive is part of the national Pulse Polio immunization programme.
“Overall for the district, our achievement is 93.22 per cent,” he said. (The target number to cover was 1,63,860.) Of the number that was covered by the drive, 97.45 per cent were from rural areas and 83.9 per cent were from urban areas.
In the taluks, the coverage was as follows: Sullia 96.93 per cent; Bantwal urban and rural 99.63 per cent; Belthangady 99.17 per cent; Puttur urban and rural 97.32 per cent; and Mangalore urban and rural 86.79 per cent.
There were 921 booths and 38 mobile booths participating in the drive. From Monday, a house-to-house visit would be carried out as part of the immunisation drive. The visits would be done over two days in rural areas and over three days in urban areas, he said.
The last polio case reported in the district was in 1999, said Dr. Srirangappa.