The Coimbatore Corporation's Pulse Polio Campaign began on Sunday morning with the Mayor S.M. Velusamy administering the first polio drops at the Corporation's Seethalakshmi Maternity Home on Brooke Bond Road.

A release said that the Coimbatore Corporation had set up 196 centres to administer drops. Of those, 183 centres are at permanent establishments and five centres are in vehicles.

The civic body has set up other centres in railway station, bus stands and at places with a strong presence of migrant labourers.

Corporation has deployed as many as 783 personnel. Twenty-seven doctors will supervise the 783 personnel.

The target is to reach as many of the 1,10,000 children in the zero to five age group.

Our Tirupur Staff Reporter adds:

The first phase of the Pulse Polio Immunisation programme-2012 organised by the district administration to administer oral anti-polio vaccine to 2,16,563 children aged up to five years, concluded on Sunday evening.

Of the children identified for coverage, as many as 1,50,130 were residing in rural areas, 64,933 in urban localities, 1,479 in temporary shelters and 21 in various Sri Lankan refugee camps functioning in the district.

As many as 1,083 booths (967 in rural areas and 116 in urban areas) were set up to administer the vaccine.

Deputy Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine N. Ragupathy told The Hindu that the health officials would be carrying out a door-to-door campaign this week to administer the anti-polio vaccine to the children left out on Sunday.