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Pulse Polio: 85.8 per cent coverage in Mysore

Polio drops being administered to a child during the immunization drive in Mysore on Sunday.

Polio drops being administered to a child during the immunization drive in Mysore on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

Rural areas record 92.8 per cent coverage

MYSORE: Mysore district registered a coverage of 85.8 per cent during the Pulse Polio drive on Sunday. While rural areas recorded 92.8 per cent coverage, the city registered 75.3 per cent coverage.

During the previous round on December 22, coverage in the district was 91.1 per cent with the city registering 83 per cent and rural areas 95.8 per cent.

Confident

However, the Health Department authorities are confident of achieving the target of administering drops to 3,07,775 children during the door-to-door drive which will begin on Monday. It will be conducted for three days in the city and two days in rural areas.

Precautionary steps

The department had taken several precautionary steps following the “misleading” reports over the safety of polio drops during the previous round.

Awareness campaigns were conducted to remove fears among the people.

District Health Officer V. Raju said that 6,352 personnel had been deployed in about 1,580 immunisation centres. More than 300 supervisors had been asked to monitor the drive across the district. “The anganwadi workers assisted the department in conducting the drive,” Dr. Raju said. Though the initial response to the drive was slow in the city, it picked up momentum later in the day.

The department took several steps to ensure that the drive was conducted smoothly, including holding interactions with the public and forming a committee of medical specialists.

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