Four mobile units operated to cover children of migrant labourers
The first phase of the Pulse Polio Immunisation Campaign has evoked good response in Erode district with the health officials and volunteers administering polio drops to over 2.14 lakh children aged below five years on Sunday.
Collector V.K. Shanmugam inaugurated the campaign at the primary health centre in Thindal in the presence of Joint Director of Health Dr. Sengottaiyan, Deputy Director of Health Dr. Sekar and senior officials.
More than 1,200 camps had been set up in government hospitals, primary health centres, health sub-centres, noon meal centres and schools to administer the polio drops.
Mobile camps were set up in the bus stands and railway stations to immunise the children of the travelling public against the polio virus. Camps were also established in temples and various other places of public gatherings.
The administration had given special attention to the children living in the hilly areas of the district this year. Officials in the health department had identified over 17,000 children aged below five years living in the villages located in the hilly areas.
The department had established a total of 127 special camps and eight mobile camps to administer polio drops to the children in the hilly areas.
Over 5,300 officials from various departments including medical, noon meals, revenue, education, social welfare and local administration, and volunteers from community welfare organisations supplemented the efforts of officials from the Department of Public Health in the implementation of the campaign.
The district administration had also given instructions to the factories and textile units to advise the migrant labourers to immunise their children against polio. Four mobile units had been operated in the district to cover over 900 children of migrant labourers, health officials here said.
The administration had allocated more than 120 vehicles from other departments to supplement those operated by the Department of Public Health to effectively carry out the immunisation programme.
A door-to-door exercise would be conducted to administer polio drops to children who were left out during the immunisation campaign in the coming days, officials said.