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Over 90,000 children immunised

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Door-to-door campaign for 2 days from today

A child being administered polio vaccine in Puducherry on Sunday.— Photo:T.Singaravelou
A child being administered polio vaccine in Puducherry on Sunday.— Photo:T.Singaravelou

Around 99 per cent of the target population received polio vaccination during the pulse polio campaign here on Sunday.

A total of 92,132 children under the age of five received the vaccination at various booths across Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. The target was 92,839 doses.

The drops were administered at 308 booths across Puducherry, 70 in Karakal and 33 in Mahe and Yanam. In addition, there were seven transit booths set up along the borders and in bus stands. The drops were administered with the help of 1,700 field staff, including Anganwadi workers, nursing students, Primary Health Centre staffers, locals and volunteers.

Officials will undertake a door-to-door campaign on Monday and Tuesday, where any child who has missed the vaccination, will be given the vaccine at the doorstep.

In the transit booths, there is a possibility of people from other States receiving the vaccine, so the count could vary after the door-to-door campaign.

The department will have the accurate figures by Wednesday, according to Director of Health and Family Welfare K.V. Raman.

Cuddalore, Villupuram

Over 5.83 lakh children below five years of age were being covered in both Cuddalore and Villupuram district during the first phase of the Polio programme on Sunday.

While Cuddalore Collector Rajendra Ratnoo inaugurated the programme at the main bus stand, his Villupuram counterpart V.Sampath inaugurated it at the Villupuram municipality-run maternity ward.

Polio drops were administered at special camps put up at various places such as Primary Health Centres, government hospitals, private hospitals, Anganwadis, nutrition meal centres, bus stands, railway stations, etc.

In Cuddalore district 1,613 special camps were held and manned by 6,500 employees and volunteers. In Villupuram district, as many as 10,146 employees and volunteers were put on the job.

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