Door-to-door coverage today and tomorrow
The first phase of the Pulse Polio immunisation programme in 2012 on Sunday achieved 84.01 per cent of the target.
As many as 2,12,499 of the 2,52,939 children below the age of five in the district were given polio drops, District Medical Officer P.K. Mohanan said.
He said the day's drive was a success as a major portion of the targeted children could be covered.
The remaining children would be administered the drops through a door-to-door immunisation programme on Monday and Tuesday.
Earlier, Social Welfare Minister M.K. Muneer inaugurated the drive in the district at the government hospital at Kottapparamba.
A task force, led by District Collector P.B. Salim, steered the drive, in which over 7,810 trained volunteers participated. State-level observers monitored the programme.
The Health Department had made elaborate arrangements for the programme in the district. Altogether 377 supervisors were appointed to guide the trained volunteers.
Official figures said 2,295 common booths, 62 transit booths, and 50 mobile booths functioned in various parts of the district to dispense the vaccine.
Doctors from the Indian Medical Association and Rotary Club members offered their support for the programme. Services were offered at all government hospitals, primary health centre dispensaries, and anganwadis.
For the convenience of travellers, booths were set up at bus stands and railway stations.
Dr. Mohanan said the second phase of the drive would be held on April 1 or 15.
“The Health Department has prepared a detailed list of children below the age of five, and hence, it is easy to cover all those who missed the vaccination,” he said.