While the Tirupattur Health Unit Division (THUD) has achieved 88 per cent coverage in the first phase of intensive pulse polio immunisation programme, children in tribal pockets and migrant population in the division were well-covered under the programme.
Deputy Director of Health Services, THUD, K.S.T. Suresh said that around 1.76 lakh children aged below five years were immunised in the division.
“Children in tribal pockets and migrant population were given priority. In fact, we had a good coverage of these children. For instance, the team at Pudurnadu achieved 91 per cent coverage. Similarly, pockets in K.V. Kuppam and Gudiyattam put up good performance,” he said.
Last year, the THUD achieved 89 per cent coverage in the first phase of the immunisation programme.
“For the next two days, booth members will conduct house-to-house coverage. From day four to seven, area village health nurse will continue to verify details of locked houses and missing children,” he said.
A total of 1,020 booths were set up for the immunisation programme in the THUD and 5,500 staffers involved. The official said that children already immunised against polio in the regular immunisation schedule should take this dose in addition to help in eradicating polio in the country.
The second phase of the polio immunisation programme would be held on April 15.
About 90 per cent of children in the 0-5 age group in Vellore district have been covered during the first round of the pulse polio immunisation programme on Sunday.
A. Somasundaram, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore, said that out of a total of 3,87,992 children in the targeted age group resident in Vellore district, 3,50,919 were immunised in 2,250 booths. A total of 12,448 children were covered in the transit booths set up in bus stands and railway stations, while 891 migrant children, i.e. children of migrant traders and hawkers from other districts and States, were also immunised. Mobile medical teams were dispatched to the remote hill areas on Saturday to undertake immunisation work on Sunday.
The Deputy Director said that about 10,000 personnel comprising village health nurses , field workers of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Anganwadi workers, members of women self-help groups, rural volunteers, ASHAs (accelerated social health activists), and Corporation and municipal workers were engaged in the task of administering drops and mobilising children. Members of Rotary Clubs supported the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in undertaking publicity for the programme.
Dr. Somasundaram said field workers would undertake house-to-house visits from Monday to Saturday this week to immunise children who were not covered during the drive on Sunday.
Shobana, Medical Officer of the Urban Health Post (UHP), Kaspa, Vellore, said that out of nearly 4,200 children resident in the jurisdiction of the UHP, as many as 4,158 were covered. About 3,000 children were immunised by 3 p.m. itself. Padmavathi, Medical Officer of the UHP, Ambedkar Nagar, Vellore, said that as against the estimated 5,201 children in the 0-5 age group in the jurisdiction of the UHP, as many as 6,102 children were covered in the 22 booths, the surplus being accounted for by the children in transit. A total of 566 children were covered in the transit booths in the bus stand, 368 in the CMC Hospital booth and 70 through the mobile booth. Mop-up rounds were undertaken in the residential areas to cover the uncovered children, she said.
Ajay Yadav, Collector of Vellore, inaugurated the immunisation programme in Vellore district by administering drops to children at the Panchayat Union Middle School in Allapuram in Vellore Corporation. P. Karthiyayini, Mayor of Vellore, inaugurated the programme in the Vellore Corporation by administering drops to children in the Vellore Corporation building.