Polio drops administered at bus stands, railway stations, places of worship
The first phase of the pulse polio immunisation programme commenced in the district on Sunday with Collector K.Baskaran administering drops to a child below five years at the municipality health centre at Kallukulam.
He told presspersons that 2,45,480 children were expected to be covered on Sunday. About 1,510 centres - 128 in urban areas and 1,382 in rural areas - have been set up involving 6,040 staff.
Polio drops were administered at bus stands, railway stations, and other public places.
Polio drops were administered in all the 51 wards in Thanjavur municipal area. Savithiri Gopal, Chairperson, Thanjavur Municipality, Ganesan, Joint Director, Public Health Department, Mathivanan, Deputy Director of Health, Thanjavur, Janaki Ravindran, Municipal Commissioner, Sivanesan, health officer, and Singaravelan, inspector of health, participated.
After inaugurating the programme at Tiruvarur Municipal Office, Collector C.Nadarajan said 1,10,000 children were expected to be immunised.
For this, 807 centres have been put up in rural areas and 34 in urban areas. Steps have been taken to immunise children of those working at brick kilns and under the MNREGS. Staff reached out to children in mangrove forest areas at Muthupettai. A control room has been established, and people can contact 04366-220880 to get their children immunised in the next three days. Ravichandran, Tiruvarur Municipal Chairman, and Panneerselvam, Joint Director of Health, participated.
The district witnessed a healthy turnout with over 1,37,916 children being administered polio drops. Over 3,856 personnel were engaged in the drive carried out in 964 centres - 893 in rural areas and 71 in urban areas, an administration release said.
Camps were set up at all government hospitals, anganwadis, primary health centres, schools, and public places such as railway stations, bus stands, and places of worship.
Earlier, formally flagging off polio administration at the government headquarters hospital, Collector T.Munusamy said the district has not recorded any polio case in the past decade. Asiya Mariam, District Revenue Officer, and V.Manikandan, Revenue Divisional Officer, were present.
About 1.57 lakh children were administered polio drops in the first phase. A total of 1,272 centres were set up at primary health centres, government hospitals, noon meal centres, schools, bus stands, and railway stations. Over 5,200 government staff, school teachers, Rotary members, and volunteers of service organisations were involved in the exercise. Collector B. Maheswari administered polio drops to a few children at the municipality Kamarajapuram health centre, in the presence of V. R. Karthick Tondaiman, Municipal Chairman, Krishnaleela, Deputy Director of Health, Ramanathan, Deputy Director of Family Welfare, and Senthil, Coordinator of the Rotary Clubs.
Collector Anu George inaugurated the campaign at the special centre set up at the municipal office complex. Mohan, Joint Director of Health, Murugesan, Municipal Chairman, and Dandapani, president, Rotary Club, were present. About 72,000 children were administered the drops at 551 centres across the district. A total of 2,164 personnel, including government staff, school teachers, Rotary members, and volunteers of service organisations were involved.
The oral vaccine was administered through 347 centres targeting about 49,000 children. Collector Darez Ahmed inaugurated the campaign at a centre at TELC school in the presence of Ilambai R.Tamilselvan, MLA. About 1,388 government employees and volunteers were deployed to carry out the campaign.