Nearly 90 per cent of the estimated child population below five years was administered polio drops during the Pulse Polio immunisation programme in the district on Sunday.

The Health Department had estimated a total of 1,88,927 children below the age of five years for the programme in the district. The immunisation drive also brought under its fold nearly 997 children of the migrant population, as against 731 children earlier.

The programme was conducted in as many as 1,898 booths across the district.

Nearly 10,000 people volunteered in the programme. As many as 562 supervisors had been trained for the purpose, and the programme was undertaken in 54 transit booths in bus stands and railway stations and 171 mobile units.

District Medical Officer R. Ramesh said the volunteers would visit houses in the next few days and administer the drops to children who have not been immunised in the programme conducted on Sunday.

The district-level inauguration of the programme was inaugurated by district panchayat president K.A. Sarala at Government Hospital in the morning. The function was presided over by District Collector Rathan Kelkar.

82.90% coverage

Staff Reporter writes from Kasaragod:

As many as 96,304 children under the age of five years were administered oral polio vaccine in the district as part of the pulse polio immunisation programme.

According to official sources, 84,052 children residing in villages and 12,252 from urban localities were administered the vaccine through 1, 237 booths.

The programme covered 82.90 per cent of children in the district, sources said. The district-level inauguration of the vaccination was held at the Primary Health Centre at Uduma where K. Kunhiraman, MLA, administered the oral vaccine to children.

The drive, which stretches up to Wednesday, is expected to administer the vaccine to the remaining children, they said.