Left-out children to be covered at door-to-door campaign
: More than 97 per cent of the target children below the age of five were administered polio drops in the district during the first phase of the pulse polio immunization programme on Sunday.
As many as 1,504 camps were established in the rural areas while the urban areas had 146 camps to cover over 2.72 lakh children below the age of 5. Polio drops were administered at Primary Health Centres, health sub-centres, anganvadis, city health centres, government hospitals, bus-stands, railway stations and also in the places where the public gather in large number.
In neighbouring Tuticorin district, 1,404 booths had been established to administer polio drops to 1,40,270 children against the target of 1,45,778 children, registering 96 per cent coverage.
“The remaining four per cent uncovered children will be covered during the door-to-door campaign to be conducted on Monday,” said Deputy Director of Health Services S. Uma, who had organized 32 mobile teams and 22 transit booths on Sunday.
Collector S.Nagarajan inaugurated the immunisation programme at Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital here. The Health Department has fixed a target of administering the pulse polio drops to 1.40 lakh children in Kanyakumari district in the first phase
The Health Department officials would visit each and every house to find out left out children in order to give polio drops on February 20, 21 and March 2.
The department has set up 1,253 vaccination points in Government Hospitals, primary health centres, sub-centres, noon meal centres, municipal hospitals and private hospitals in the district. Besides departmental staff, services of 3,330 employees working in noon meal centres, Integrated Child Development Scheme, and non-governmental organisations are being utilised for the successful implementation of this programme. The vaccine was taken to various places in about vehicles.
Twenty special camps had been set up in areas with floating population such as railway stations, bus stands, and near Poompuhar Shipping Corporation terminal and Gandhi Mandapam in Kanyakumari to give polio drops to the children. Besides, 14 mobile teams were also formed to cover children of migrants working in bricks kilns at Chenbagaramanputhur, baking centres at Nattalam and other areas.
The vaccine was also transported through boats to Thottamalai and Thatchamalai, villages without road link where tribes live.
As many as 160 supervisors were deputed to monitor the pulse polio campaign in the district.
Nagercoil Municipal Chairperson Meena Dev, Dean Mohan Ram, superintendent Sree Ram Kumar, Deputy Director (Health) Madhusoodanan, and Municipal Commissioner (in-charge) George attended the inaugural function at the medical college.
Elaborate arrangements were made for administering pulse polio drops to kids in the age group of five and below here on Sunday.
District Revenue Officer C. A. Raman inaugurated the programme and went around inspecting a couple of major booths in the district. Accompanied by officials from the Public Health Department, service organisations and among others, he visited the units where the immunisation drive was on.
According to a press release, a total of 1,81,351 children in the district were identified for providing the pulse polio drops through 1,069 centres. For this purpose, 4,592 staffs were deployed.
The Sri Lankan refugee camps and Narikuravars dwelling units and a few other special camps were covered during the day.