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Response to pulse polio campaign ‘very good’ in Salem, Namakkal

Good response: Children in remote villages in Salem district were immunised under the second phase of the pulse polio campaign on Sunday, with door-to-door visits to ensure total coverage of all those in the targeted age group. —

Good response: Children in remote villages in Salem district were immunised under the second phase of the pulse polio campaign on Sunday, with door-to-door visits to ensure total coverage of all those in the targeted age group. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Special Correspondent

Even remote habitations in both districts were covered by the immunising teams



Sustained efforts of publicity pay off handsomely

Mobile teams visit all areas to ensure total coverage



SALEM: The response to the second phase of the pulse polio campaign in the districts of Salem and Namakkal on Sunday, officials claimed, was ‘very good.’

After bitter experiences during the first phase of the campaign following the spread of rumours on the efficacy of drops, the entire team, which engaged in the second phase, had seen to it that no stone was left unturned to make it a successful campaign.

Efforts

The sustained efforts of publicity and awareness movement paid off for all those involved in the effort.

The steps that were taken included distribution of handbills, announcement through tom toms, taking out of rallies and holding of camps.

All these had had the cumulative effect of totally eradicating the fears in the minds of parents about the polio drops. They gained confidence that the immunisation was safe and would benefit their children.

As instructed by the Collectors of the respective districts, mobile teams of doctors, police, paramedical staff and volunteers covered the entire areas asking the parents to bring children in order that the young ones could be administered the drops.

Even remote habitations in these districts were covered to ensure total coverage.

The tireless campaign on the importance of polio drops had paid off handsomely.

“No parent was apprehensive as in the past. They were convinced that drops would not cause any harm to their wards,” said a paramedic at a primary health centre in a village.

In fact 27 children out of total 28 of below five years in Athumedu village in Panamarathupatti union in Salem district had been covered well before 10 a.m.

Covered

Similarly 71 out of 100 in Nathamedu hamlet were covered while the near-by Nalliampudur registered 45 per cent by 10 am.

“As Sunday happened to be an auspicious day for marriages, many parents in these villages had gone out,” said a volunteer in an anganwadi centre where the drops were administered. “We will cover them tomorrow,” she said.

“It is a very good response. By 2 p.m. we have covered 65 to 70 per cent and by 4 p.m., we have crossed 80,” said Dr. J. Nirmalson, Deputy Director (Health Services), Salem district.

Namakkal recorded a similar trend. By 4 p.m., it registered 90 per cent of coverage.

Barring the incident under the Nangavalli Primary Health Centre in Salem district where a seven-month-old child had died allegedly after administering drops, no untoward incident was reported from any parts of these two districts which were worse affected when rumours hit during the first phase of the campaign.

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