Left-out children to be covered during the next five days beginning from Monday
Hundreds of parents thronged camps at different places in the district so that their children below five years of age could be administered polio drops.
Collector V. Rajaraman inaugurated the drive by administering polio drops to a child at a camp here on Sunday.
He said as many as 1.25 lakh children were given polio drops at camps, hospitals, primary health centres and others.
There were 1,234 camps established in different parts of the district and 33 mobile booths covered the children in transit.
Mr. Rajaraman added that the drive was successful. Most of the children were covered in the drive. The officials were asked to cover the left out children by visiting their homes in the next one or two days.
A large number of children were administered polio drops.
Collector K. Nandakumar, the District Revenue Officer K. Jayaraman and others visited various camps to monitor the drive.
Rotarians led by P. Muniasamy, president, Rotary Club of Ramnad canvassed parents to take their children to administer polio drops.
Elaborate arrangements were made for administering pulse polio drops to kids in the age group of five and below here on Sunday.
District Revenue Officer C. A. Raman inaugurated the programme and went around inspecting a couple of major booths in the district.
Accompanied by officials from the Public Health Department, service organisations and among others, he visited the units where the immunisation drive was on.
According to a press release, a total of 1,81,351 children in the district were identified for providing the pulse polio drops through 1,069 centres. For this purpose, 4,592 staffs were deployed.
The Sri Lankan refugee camps and Narikuravars dwelling units and a few other special camps were covered during the day.
Mobile teams were also pressed at railway stations and bus stands in the district. The left out children would be covered during the next five days beginning from Monday onwards.
A door-to-door enumeration would be carried out by the officials.
The second such immunisation drive is scheduled for April 15. Deputy Director (Health Services) Balasubramanian, Shantakumari from the government hospital and members from the Rotary Clubs and other service organisations supervised the programme.
A marathon polio immunisation drive was held across the district on Sunday with a target of covering 3,04,840 children up to five years of age in urban and rural areas.
Health department authorities in coordination with the district administration have monitored the dawn to dusk intensive pulse polio immunisation campaign with special focus on children in remote areas and nomadic groups.
U. Sagayam, Madurai District Collector, had formally commenced the drive by administering oral polio vaccine to a few children at the Primary Health Centre in Othakadai near here. V. Shanmughasundaram, Deputy Director of Health Services and Radha Rani, Joint Director (Health) were among those present.
Health officials said that the Collector had urged the general public and parents to ensure that their children received the polio drops because children affected by polio will become disabled and suffer in life.
Mr. Sagayam also said that it is a safe vaccine and people's cooperation will help eradicate polio from the country.
Totally, 1,600 polio immunisation booths were set up across the district and over 7,000 health staff were deployed for the purpose. Public health staff will start house to house verification from Monday to administer polio vaccine for left out children.
The second round of polio immunisation is on April 15.
Elaborate arrangements were made by the Madurai Corporation for success of the first round of polio immunisation on Sunday.
Mayor V. V. Rajan Chellappa administered polio drops to children at the Corporation Maternity Centre in Munichalai.
Over two lakh children in the age group of 0-5 years in the district were immunised during pulse polio programme through 1,232 centres. Collector K. Nagarajan inaugurated the camp.
A total of 25 mobile centres were kept at vantage locations for the benefit of public and respective pockets.
Collector K.S. Palanisamy inaugurated the camp by administering the oral vaccine to the children here.
According to the officials, 869 centres were opened, including seven for the tribals, in which 1.58 lakh children were benefitted.
Apart from this, 22 mobile pulse polio camps were also arranged in the district.