The health wing of Madurai Corporation has identified 146 polio immunisation booths as “high risk” and special efforts are being taken for complete coverage of children with polio vaccine in these areas.
According to V. Subramanian, City Health Officer, Madurai Corporation, there will be totally 352 pulse polio immunisation booths under the Corporation limits. “Right now, we have 252 polio booths for the existing Madurai Corporation area. Since the Corporation limits are getting extended, there will be an additional 100 booths. Our surveillance team has found that 146 polio immunisation booths require special focus to ensure that every child gets polio vaccination,” Dr. Subramanian told The Hindu on Sunday.
He also made a presentation at the ‘Polio Plus Planning and Orientation Meeting' organised by the Rotary District 3000 and Rotary Club of Madurai West on Sunday for the Health Department staff and Rotary members.
The City Health Officer informed that Aanaiyur, Kadachanendhal, Avaniyapuram and Kosakulam are among the high risk areas identified by the Corporation health wing and special attention will be given for complete coverage of children during the polio immunisation drive.
Dr. Subramanian said that arrangements were made to set up additional booths for polio immunisation since the number of targeted children would go up when the city corporation limits gets extended and new places come under the Madurai Corporation.
Totally 40,000 children are to be covered by Madurai Corporation for polio vaccination.
Plan of action
A plan of action was discussed during the Sunday's meeting which was attended by K.Vanaja, Joint Director (Immunisation), Tamil Nadu Government, Santhosh Rajagopal, Surveillance Officer, World Health Organisation, P.V.Parthasarathy, Rotary District Chairman (Polio Plus) and others.
The meeting was held to evolve a perfect coordination among various departments, Rotary Clubs and others who will be involved for the National Immunisation Days.