The second phase of Pulse Polio drive will be held in the district on February 24, said Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla.

Speaking at a preliminary meeting held in connection with the drive here on Thursday, he said that he had instructed officials to make all arrangements for the drive.

The model code of conduct is in force in urban areas of the district following the announcement of the urban local body elections; therefore, any of the Health and Family Welfare Department’s banners and posters which have pictures of Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Minister for Health Arvind Limbavali should not be displayed at any of the Pulse Polio booths set up within ULB limits. However, there is no restriction on using these posters in rural areas, he said.

Mr. Shukla instructed officials of the Hubli Electricity Supply Company to ensure uninterrupted power supply to taluk hospitals, primary and community health centres. He also instructed officials of the Department of Health and Family Welfare to arrange for Pulse Polio booths in private hospitals, and to submit a report on the number of children vaccinated at such booths.

Mr. Shukla instructed other departments to coordinate with the Department of Health and Family Welfare. Anganwadi and ASHA workers have also been engaged for this task. Pulse Polio workers have to visit all nursery schools in the district, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, district convener of the National Rural Health Mission S.M. Honakeri said that in the first phase of the Pulse Polio drive held on January 20, the district administration had set a target of vaccinating 2.41 lakh children in the district.