Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The State Government has decided to administer vaccine to children for six deadly diseases only in the Primary Health Centres and government hospitals in order to avoid untoward incidents.

An official release said the objective was to ensure that the vaccination was given under the supervision of doctors in well-equipped Primary Health Centres. The Government said the vaccination programme would not affect the regular tasks of these centres and the treatment of other patients.

No polio cases

The vaccination programme, implemented since 1985 as per the advice of the World Health Organisation for polio, whooping cough, diphtheria, primary complex, tetanus and measles, had helped to ensure there were no polio cases in the State. There were no reports of whopping cough and diphtheria in the past several years. Tetanus was eradicated. The cases of measles had come down, and no death was reported, the release said.

Every year 12 lakh pregnant women and one-year-old children were vaccinated. The exercise was supervised by organisations such as UNICEF.

Tamil Nadu stood first in the implementation of the vaccination programme.