923 pulse polio booths to be set up in Dharmapuri

Staff Reporter

Dharmapuri: As many as 923 pulse polio booths will be established in the district during the first phase of polio immunisation programme to be taken up on January 7.

Of these, 903 booths would be set up in rural areas while the remaining would be set up in the Dharmapuri municipality, said the Collector, Pankaj Kumar Bansal, here on Monday.

Adequate cold storage facilities to ensure that the drops remained intact during transportation have been arranged, he said.

The district administration has made arrangements to reach the remotest villages to ensure that all children below five years were immunised. A total of 1,56,900 children below five years, including 1,49,477 in rural areas and 7,423 in urban areas, would be immunised.

Camps would be established at Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) centres, 33 primary health centres, 218 health sub-centres, noon meal centres and government hospitals to ensure that no child was left out. A total of 3,712 staff drawn from Health, Revenue, Nutrition, Education, Rural Development and Social Welfare Departments and NGOs and volunteers would be roped in to administer polio drops to 1.56 lakh children in Dharmapuri district.

In addition, 46 mobile teams would be formed to cover 32,000 children in hilly terrain, construction sites and inaccessible areas. The Deputy Director of Health Services, N. Ayyanar, and the Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, Mohammed Sheriff were present.

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