Rallies taken out in Nellai highlight immunisation campaign
: To create an awareness among the public of need for administering polio drops to their children below the age of 5 during the first phase of pulse polio immunisation campaign to be held on January 20, skating and vehicle rallies were conducted here on Saturday.
Organised by Viveka Cultural, Education and Sports Development Trust, a group of students took out a skating rally with message highlighting pulse polio campaign.
Mayor Vijila Sathyananth flagged off the bike, car rally, organised by Rotary Club of Tinnevelly at VOC Ground, Palayamkottai. The rallyists reached the starting point after traversing Vannarpet and Tiruchendur Road.
A total of 2,69,559 children below the age of 5 in the district will be administered polio drops through 1,650 centres including 74 centres within the Corporation limits to be established in the primary health centres, health sub-centres, government hospitals, schools, community halls, anganvadis etc. to protect the children from acute flaccid paralysis, according to a statement.
Apart from the designated government officials, services of self-help group members, rotarians, non-governmental organisations, students and other volunteers will be utilised.
A total of 1,104 booths have been established across Tuticorin district to administer polio drops on Sunday. Around 1,50,000 children are expected to be immunised. Camps would begin at 8 a.m., Deputy Director of Health Services, Tuticorin, S. Rajasekaran, said. Of the total booths, 677 booths, including 611 at rural area and 66 in urban localities, had been set up in seven blocks under Tuticorin health unit district. Booths were set up at anganwadi centres, primary health centres, health sub-centres, schools, besides 25 transit camps.