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Lakhs vaccinated against polio in delta districts

Preventive measure: (Top) J. Umamaheswari, Collector, administering polio drops to a child at a centre in Karur on Sunday. M. Jayaraman, Collector, administering polio drops to a kid at Manjakollai village in Nagapattinam district on Sunday. (Below) M.S. Shanmugam, Collector, giving the drops to a child at Karandhi in Thanajvur on Sunday.

Preventive measure: (Top) J. Umamaheswari, Collector, administering polio drops to a child at a centre in Karur on Sunday. M. Jayaraman, Collector, administering polio drops to a kid at Manjakollai village in Nagapattinam district on Sunday. (Below) M.S. Shanmugam, Collector, giving the drops to a child at Karandhi in Thanajvur on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M. SRINATH

Tiruchi Bureau

Collectors, Minister inaugurate the drive

KARUR: All efforts would be made to ensure that Karur remained polio-free, according to Collector J. Umamaheswari.

Launching the second phase of the pulse polio programme here on Sunday Dr. Umamaheswari stressed the need for parents to ensure that their wards below the age of five were administered polio drops in time.

Over 3,000 persons, including medical and paramedical professionals have been, were pressed into service to man the 735 centres in rural areas and 31 centres in urban limits of the district, she said.

Dr. Umamaheswari said that it has been planned to administer drops to a total of 93,484 infants who had been administered drops during the first phase and also to 1,268 children born after the first phase was over in December last.

Those who had been left out would be covered subsequently, she added.

The Collector launched the programme on Sunday by administering drops to an infant at a special centre established near the bus stand here in the morning. Then she visited the Government Hospital and visited the Maternity Ward to administer drops to newborns there. At the Andankoil East Panchayat Primary School she made a child sit on her laps and administered drops to the child.

She also visited the anganwadi center at Thirukampuliyur.

Joint Dierctor of Health and Family Welfare Ilamathy, Deputy Director of Health Services K. Sadasivam, president of the Rotary Club of Karur Vasudevan, Coordinator Ramkumar, Rotary Club of Karur Angels Shanmugavalli and secretary Lakshmi Balaji were among those who accompanied the Collector.

Thanjavur

Polio drops were administered to 2.53 lakh children through 1510 pulse polio centres during the second phase of pulse polio programme in the district on Sunday.

M.S. Shanmugham, Collector, inaugurated the programme at Anjugam Muthuvelar Hospital at Karanthai by administering polio drops to a child.

The collector said that a total of 6200 staff were involved in the exercise and 58 mobile units were pressed into service.

Dr. Mathivanan, Deputy Director of Health, Umapathi, Commissioner of Thanjavur Municipality and Revathi Karthikeyan, Municipal Councillor, participated in the programme.

Tiruvarur

Polio drops were administered to nearly 1.23 lakh children in the district on Sunday during the second phase of the pulse polio programme.

U. Mathivanan, Dairy Development Minister and M. Chandrasekaran, Collector, inaugurated the programme at Keelakavathukudi near Tiruvarur.

According to the Collector the drops were administered through 782 pulse polio centres in rural areas and 34 in urban pockets.

A total of 3,264 staff were involved in the drive.

Mobile units were used to immunise children in transit.

Nagapattinam

Nearly 1.53 lakh children were given polio drops on Sunday during the second phase of the immunisation programme in the district.

M. Jayaraman, Collector, who inaugurated the programme by administering polio drops to a few children at Manjakollai village, said that the drops were administered to the children in 964 centres including primary health centres, Government hospitals, schools, railway stations, bus termini, places of worship, etc.

More than 3,500 persons including doctors, para-medical staff, volunteers from NGOs were engaged in programme.

The Collector said that special teams of doctors were formed to monitor the programme and to attend emergency cases if any in the hospitals.

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