KERALA

Pulse Polio: over 2.2 lakh children immunised

Staff Reporter

2,032 vaccine centres with over 4,064 volunteers were set up

KOCHI: The Health authorities have managed to cover 87.69 per cent of the Pulse Polio target in the second phase of the National Polio Eradication Programme that was held on Sunday.

The authorities had targeted to immunise 2,51,404 children up to five years of age. Of those who were given the oral polio vaccine, rural area showed a 91.79 per cent coverage while the urban area showed coverage of 80.18 per cent.

For this, 2,032 polio vaccine centres were set up with over 4,064 trained volunteers in the district.

Special arrangements were made at the east gate of the Ernakulam Siva Temple to provide oral polio vaccine to children brought to the temple to attend the ongoing festivities.

The chief priest of the temple, Vishnu Namboodiri, inaugurated the event. The arrangement at Siva Temple gate would continue for the next two days.

Transit points

Polio vaccine booths were also opened at 14 transit points like private and KSRTC bus stands, railway stations, boat jetties and airport.

Besides the primary health centres, private and government hospitals, booths were set up at slum areas, marriage venues and resting places on highways in association with voluntary organisations. As part of the follow-up programme, polio vaccine will be provided at the two major railway stations.

The coverage was better than the first phase held on December 21, when the urban coverage was much below the usual immunisation programme.

However, the follow-up programme in the district managed to achieve a coverage of 92.09 per cent.

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