Under the pulse polio immunisation programme, polio drops will be administered to around 3.7 lakh children who are below the age of five in the district during the first phase of campaign on January 20.

Polio drops will be administered through 2,264 centres between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. apart from 32 mobile teams and 69 transit centres. The centres will function at government hospitals, primary health centres, schools, railway stations, private hospitals, panchayat offices, noon meal centres and anganwadis as a total of 9,245 personnel from various departments will be involved in administering polio drops.

A release from Collector K. Maharabushanam said that adequate stocks of vaccine were kept ready and requested the parents to bring their children to the centres and administer polio drops so as to create polio-free country.

Likewise, Salem City Municipal Corporation has made elaborate arrangements to administer polio drops through 174 centres in all the 60 wards as it have roped 1,200 volunteers for the programme. Over one lakh doses were preserved safely through Ice Line Refrigerators in its nine centres as 22 supervisors will be monitoring the day-long-campaign to cover an estimated 83,000 children in the city. Administering of polio drops to left out children would also be carried out during the door-to-door campaign.

Namakkal Staff Reporter adds:

In Namakkal, the pulse polio vaccination drive will be conducted in a total 1,163 camps across the district, Collector D. Jagannathan said. During the vaccination drive, a total of 4,935 volunteers will be deployed to administer vaccines for the children.

“Sixty-seven mobile teams have been organised to cover children of nomads, people living in inaccessible remote hamlets in the hilly areas that lack transport facilities. Officials in the office of the Deputy Director of Health Services said that pulse polio drops will be administered to 1,51,498 children in Namakkal district.