Parents, officials, voluntary organisations, and stakeholders should ensure that all children below five years are administered polio drops in the first and second phase of the campaign in Karur, Collector V. Shobana said here on Sunday. After launching the first phase of the polio immunisation at the bus stand, Ms. Shobana said a polio-free environment was a challenge before society, and a duty towards our future generations.

An estimated 88,203 children in the district would be covered under the campaign spread over two phases. While the first phase started on Sunday and would last three days, the second would be taken up on April 15. Ms. Shobana said 767 centres have been established in rural areas while another 39 centres have been put up in urban areas to administer polio drop to infants.

Pointing out that a lot of construction works were underway in the district in which hundreds of migrant workers from other states were engaged along with their families, Ms. Shobana stressed the need for immunising their wards. The administration had made arrangements for administering drops at bus terminal, railway stations, and Karur junction.

A total of 3,224 personnel have been deployed.