The Pulse Polio programme to immunise children up to five years of age will be held on January 23 and February 27.
According to the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, special booths will be opened in all the Government hospitals, primary health centres, district hospitals apart from health sub-centres, anganwadis, schools and colleges, which are convenient for people in rural areas. They will also be opened in all the railway stations and bus-stands.
As many as 31,010 booths will be set up and 48,995 vaccination teams will be constituted. The targeted population of children this year is around 73 lakh. The services of doctors, health staff, anganwadi workers, ASHA workers and NGOs will be utilised. Parents have been requested to bring their children to the nearest booth for vaccination.
According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, 41 polio cases were reported in the country in 2010, of which 23 (57.5 per cent) cases were P3 and 17 (42.5 per cent) cases were P1 category.
In Karnataka, the last polio case (which was a migrated case) was reported on November 3, 2007 and based on this the National Immunization Day is being observed with all seriousness since then.
The P1 virus was detected recently in Bheed district of Maharashtra bordering Karnataka. Hence, as a precautionary measure, the first round of polio “mop-up” programme for 0-5 year old children was organised on November 28 and 29 in the districts bordering Maharashtra.