TAMIL NADU

Polio drops administered

Staff Reporter

Second phase of immunisation conducted

Nagercoil: Polio drops were given to 1.48 lakh children in different parts of the district on Sunday.

As part of the second phase of immunisation programme, polio drops were given to the children in primary health centres, sub-centres, noon-meal centres, etc.

As many as 1,160 camps had been set up with 4,884 medical workers and 119 air-conditioned vehicles were used for transporting polio drops to different parts of the district.

Special camps were conducted at railway stations, bus stands, Poompuhar Shipping Corporation, Gandhi Mandapam, etc.

Twelve groups were deputed to implement this programme in hill areas including Thottamalai and Thatchamalai.

Collector Rajendra Kumar inaugurated the programme at Kanyakumari Medical College at Asaripallam.

He also inspected the polio camps in Ganapathipuram, Muttom, Rajakkamangalamthurai, Vellimalai, Sathanvilai, Ethamozi, etc.

Tirunelveli

Polio drops were given to 2.80 lakh children in the district on Sunday.

The Department of Health set up 1,650 camps and Mayor A.L.Subramaniam inaugurated the camp at Palayamkottai.

Twenty mobile teams were formed for the successful implementation of the programme.

Tuticorin

One lakh and forty five thousand children were administered pulse polio drops through 1,062 booths in Tuticorin district on Sunday.

Minister for Social Welfare P. Geetha Jeevan inaugurated the pulse polio immunisation at State Bank Colony Health post here in the presence of Collector R. Palaniyandi.

The pulse polio drive was carried out in all public places including bus stands, railway stations, temples in Tiruchendur and Kazhugumalai, schools in the district and in the municipality limits of Kovilpatti.

The camps which started at 7 a.m. concluded at 5 p.m.. S. Uma, Deputy Director of Health services, said that a similar programme was carried out on December 21. She said that the door to door process of verification for the children who missed the immunisation would be held on Monday and Tuesday.

Two hundred and forty nine health sub centres and 47 primary health centres are available in the district, the Deputy Director said.

Mayor R. Kasthuri Thangam and Joint Director of Health Services Veluchamy were present.

Madurai

The second round of immunisation achieved 85 per cent coverage in Madurai district.

Out of the estimated 2.85 lakh children up to five years of age, the polio drops were administered to 2.6 lakh children, according to officials of Health Department.

While the turnout of parents at the immunisation booths was less till noon, it gradually picked up from around 2.p.m. and by the end of the day the total coverage touched about 85 per cent.

“This number is pretty high keeping in mind the last time rumours about polio vaccine safety. The Health Department took lot of steps for allaying the fears among people about the polio immunisation,” A. Palanichamy, Deputy Director of Health Services, Madurai district, said.

During the first round of pulse polio immunisation that took place on December 21, rumours were spread at different places in the State that children died after the polio vaccine was administered.

Dr. Palanichamy said that the low turnout in the morning was not only because of fear factor and hesitation among the parents but it also happened to be a ‘muhurat day’ with various marriages and functions.

“Parents were only hesitant but not resistant to immunisation,” he said.

Totally, the district had 1,600 polio immunisation booths and 6,844 personnel from various departments and organisations on duty.

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