Over 90,000 children immunised against polio

PReventive measure: A child being given polio vaccine at a camp in Puducherry on Sunday.

PReventive measure: A child being given polio vaccine at a camp in Puducherry on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: T. Singaravelou

Staff Reporter

Puducherry records 97.6% coverage, says official

PUDUCHERRY: The second phase of the intensified pulse polio immunisation programme on Sunday received good response in the Union Territory. A total of 91,262 children in the 0-5 age group were immunised, according to Health Department officials.

In Puducherry alone, polio drops were administered to 71,405 children. As many as 14,508 children in Karaikal, 1,668 in Mahe and 3,681 in Yanam were immunised on the first day of the second round of immunisation programme.

The Union Territory recorded immunisation coverage of 97.6 per cent, Deputy Director of Immunisation, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare V. Sankar Reddy said.

The department had fixed a target of covering 93,512 children in the programme. “The remaining children will be covered in a house-to-house follow up programme,” he said.

On Sunday, a total of 418 booths functioned, including seven transit booths.

The Union Territory had registered a higher percentage of coverage on the first day of the second phase than the previous round, officials said.

On the first day during the first phase of the immunisation programme, a total of 89,476 children were immunised and rest covered during a door-to-door survey. The department had achieved coverage of 106 per cent during the first round, Mr. Reddy said.

Director of Health Dilip Kumar Baliga said that the immunisation programme received good response across Puducherry and the remaining children would be covered in the next two days.

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