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Over 2 lakh children administered polio vaccine in Salem district

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Nearly 1.5 lakh children given drops in Namakkal district

Immunisation programme:Polio drops were administered to children in Salem on Sunday. —Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan
Immunisation programme:Polio drops were administered to children in Salem on Sunday. —Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Over two lakh children below the age of five were administered oral polio vaccine during the first phase of pulse polio campaign in the district on Sunday.

Collector K. Maharabhushanam and Corporation Mayor S. Soundappan inaugurated the campaign at New Bus Stand and administered polio vaccine to children. Salem MLA M.K. Selvaraj, Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan, Deputy Mayor M. Natesan, District Revenue Officer Prasanna Venkatesh, Deputy Director of Health Services K. Jegadeesh Kumar, health officials were present.

Over 9,000 health workers and volunteers administered polio drops at 2,269 centres across the district.

Health department had made elaborate arrangements for the immunisation programme. Mobile vans were deployed to remote areas to administer the drops to children.

Polio drops were also administered to children at government hospitals, primary health centres, panchayat offices, urban health centres, nursing homes, schools, parks, private hospitals, and transit points such as railway stations and bus stands. Migrant children below five years were also administered the vaccine.

The campaign is part of the national polio eradication programme. The second round of the immunisation programme will take place in April 1.

Namakkal Staff Reporter adds:

In Namakkal, the immunisation drive was inaugurated by Collector J. Kumaragurubaran at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Ernapuram. Nearly 1.5 lakh children aged below five years were vaccinated at 1,516 centres across the district on that day.

More than 6,000 government staffs and volunteers were involved in the drive. Special arrangements were made to vaccinate tribal children atop Kolli Hills by setting up 84 vaccination centres through the two PHCs. Mobile medical units with the help of non-government organisations helped in mobilising the children by bringing them to the vaccination points.

At Rasipuram, members of the Rotaract Club of Thiruvalluvar Government Arts College and Rotary Club of Rasipuram vaccinated 339 children by stopping two-wheelers in which they were riding near the Andagalurgate and in buses that stopped at the ATC Depot.

Deputy Director of Health Services N. Chandramohan said that transit booths were established at 44 important points such as bus stands in Namakkal, Rasipuram and Tiruchengode and at important temples.

According to him they estimated the floating population of vaccinated children was around 1,113.

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