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Collector inaugurates pulse polio campaign at Dhavani Mund

D. Radhakrishnan
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As many as 770 booths had been set up for the exercise

Good response:The Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik, administering polio drops to a girl at Dhavani Mund near Udhagamandalam on Sunday.- Photo: Special Arrangement
Good response:The Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik, administering polio drops to a girl at Dhavani Mund near Udhagamandalam on Sunday.- Photo: Special Arrangement

The Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik, on Sunday led the district in creating awareness about the crippling but preventable malady polio. Inaugurating the campaign against polio at Dhavani Mund, a Toda habitation near here, she said that it had been decided to set in motion the campaign in such a place in order to make Tribal people and others residing in remote parts of the hill district aware of the significance of the campaign and the consequences of becoming a victim of polio.

She added that 770 booths had been set up in various parts of the district to administer polio drops to children below five years.

Volunteers

Stating that about 55,000 children were expected to benefit from the campaign, she said that it was being conducted with the help of the staff of the Public Health department, those implementing the Integrated Child Development Scheme and volunteers from non-governmental organisations and service bodies.

She urged parents to ensure that their children are administered polio drops again on April 15 when another special campaign would be conducted. Among those present were the Deputy Director, Health, R. Dhamodharan, the President, Doddabetta Panchayat, Aadhilakshmi and head of Dhavani Mund Katraj.

Official sources told The Hindu that the response to the campaign in the Nilgiris district was good.

With the weather being ideal, people queued up with their children from early in the morning at various immunisation booths particularly in the rural areas.

Apart from Government hospitals, primary health centres, private nursing homes, noon meal centres and schools, immunisation posts had been set up near bus stands, railway stations and tourist spots like the Government Botanical Garden, the Ooty Lake, the Government Rose Garden, Dodabetta peak and the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve for the benefit of the travelling public and tourists.

Municipal Health Officer P.G. Bhanumathy said that special arrangements were made by the  municipality to cover as many children as possible. Station Health Officer, Wellington Cantonment, Lt. Col. Rajesh Khanna said that the objective of the campaign was achieved in the defence area.

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