The district has achieved 83.16 per cent coverage in the Pulse Polio immunisation programme held on Sunday. This was the second phase of the programme.
The district has a target of immunising 2,41,068 children below five years, and of them, 2,07,727 were covered. Anoop Jacob, the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, inaugurated the programme in the district at the Community Health Centre, Keechery. Rees Puthenveedu, president of the Mulanthuruthy Block panchayat, presided.
The polio vaccine booths were set up at government and private hospitals, primary health centres, family welfare sub-centres, anganwadis, railway station, bus station, airport and boat jetties so as to make the vaccine available to all children, including those in transit. There were 3,988 volunteers and 236 supervisors for the programme.
The first phase of the programme held in February had 98.79 per cent coverage.