Children travelling in all the passing trains given drops

Over three lakh children below the age of five were administered polio drops during the first round of the Intensive Pulse Polio Immunisation drive on Sunday in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts.

In Krishangiri district, Collector C.N. Maheshwaran inaugurated the drive at the Panchayat Union Primary School in Kaveripattinam.

According to a Collectorate release, about 1,85,235 children below the age of five were administered polio drops across the district through 957 centres including urban centres in Krishnagiri and Hosur Municipal areas.

Besides these, 19 mobile teams, 215 centres for the children of migrant workers, 29 centres for the children of parents living on State borders in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, remote areas and hilly areas and 54 other centres were also established to administer the vaccine.

The vaccine was administered in all the primary health centres and government hospitals across the districts. Special camps were also established in places of worship, tourist spots, railway stations, and bus stands.

Children travelling in all the passing trains in both the districts were immunised. The campaign was held between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

As many as 3,725 government employees drawn from various departments along with the volunteers from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) took part in the intensive campaign.

In Dharmapuri, Collector R. Lilly administered the first dose of vaccine at a Panchayat Union School in Ilakkiyampatti and also at Dharmapuri central bus stand.

Inaugurating the campaign, Ms. Lilly said that the campaign was being held at 923 centres across the district. As many as 3,700 workers from various government departments and volunteers from NGOs took part in the campaign.

Besides these, 52 mobile teams were also established. Camps were also established in places of worship, markets and bus stands where people converged in large numbers. About two lakh doses of polio drops were kept ready, she added. The second phase of the immunisation drive will be held on April 15.

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