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Good response to pulse polio immunisation programme

It’s safe: Municipal Health Officer Poonkodi administering polio drops to the daughter of Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V. Patil in Udhagamandalam on Sunday.

It’s safe: Municipal Health Officer Poonkodi administering polio drops to the daughter of Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V. Patil in Udhagamandalam on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: –Photo: BY Special Arrangement

Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: In contrast to the first phase of the pulse polio immunisation programme which was marred by rumours relating to the quality of the drops, the second phase, which was held on Sunday, went off without a hitch.

In an attempt to instil confidence among the people in the quality of the polio drops, Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V. Patil inaugurated the campaign at a booth located in Stone House area here by facilitating the administration of drops to his daughter by the Municipal Health Officer Poonkodi.

Mr. Patil said that arrangements had been made to administer drops to about 55,000 children below five years with the assistance of government staff and volunteers from non-governmental organizations and service bodies like the Rotary International. Seven hundred and seventy booths had been set up for the purpose. A door to door survey would be conducted to ensure that the target had been achieved. Thanks to the steps taken to enhance awareness about the programme, people queued up with their children in front of various immunization booths, particularly in the rural areas, notwithstanding the early morning nippy conditions.

Mobile units had been pressed into service for the benefit of tribals. A large number of field level workers had been drafted for the job.

Apart from Government hospitals, primary health centers, private nursing homes, noon meal centers and schools, immunization centres had been set up near bus stands, railway stations and tourist spots like the Government Botanical Garden and the Udhagamandalam lake for the benefit of the travelling public.

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