Pulse polio vaccine was administered to children below five years of age by health workers in the district on Sunday as part of the Pulse Polio immunisation programme.

The vaccination programme was conducted through 2,123 booths opened in different parts of the district, including government and private hospitals, public health centres, schools and Anganwadis as also at railway stations and bus stands.

District Medical Officer R. Ramesh said the immunisation drive in the district targeted 1,93,399 children below five. The drive would continue for two more days, he added. The drive was inaugurated by district panchayat president K.A. Sarala at Government Hospital here on Sunday morning. Health workers, Anganwadi workers, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), Kudumbasree volunteers, nursing students, and representatives of voluntary organisations, were among the volunteers. In the next two days, the volunteers would visit houses and administer the vaccine to those children who missed the vaccination on Sunday.

82 per cent coverage

Staff Reporter writes from Kasaragod: As many as 94,323 children below five years of age were administered Pulse Polio vaccine in the district on Sunday.

Having covered 82 per cent children in the first phase of the immunisation campaign on Sunday through various hospitals and other institutions, the Health Department workers will set out to individual houses from Monday to ensure that all children below five years of age are covered under the immunisation programme, District Medical Office sources here said.

The district-level immunisation drive was inaugurated by district panchayat president P.P. Shyamala Devi on the old bus station premises here in the morning.