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Smooth finish to pulse polio campaign in Erode

Preventive measure: A Health Department worker administering polio drops to a child passenger of the Tata-Aleppy Express at the Erode Railway Station on Sunday as part of the second phase of the country-wide pulse polio campaign.

Preventive measure: A Health Department worker administering polio drops to a child passenger of the Tata-Aleppy Express at the Erode Railway Station on Sunday as part of the second phase of the country-wide pulse polio campaign.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

Staff Reporter

Civic body sets up 46 centres to administer drops to about 16,000 children

ERODE: In stark contrast to the first phase of Pulse Polio campaign, the second on Sunday went on smoothly and ended even smoother. Erode health district, comprising the northern parts of the Revenue district, saw a tremendous response.

“Around 95 per cent of the children have been administered the drops," says Deputy Director of Health Services, Erode, G. Raghunathan. It was from this region the rumour that a polio drops-administered child died spread during the first-phase of the campaign, to create so great a negative impact through out the State that the entire Health Department was on a damage-control exercise.

On Sunday, however, things went on well. In fact, the very centre from where the rumour spread saw a handsome turnout.

“More than 96 per cent of the children in Veera Chinnanur village, coming under D.G. Pudur primary health centre, were administered drops," the Deputy Director says.

The places where the region saw poor turnout was in Sathyamangalam urban, Chittode and Nambiyur areas.

“We got fewer than 80 per cent turnout," Dr. Raghunathan says and adds that since Sunday afternoon the Department workers were asked to go door-to-door to make-up for poor turnout. Similarly, the Dharapuram health district saw only about 80 per cent turnout. The reasons, according to Deputy Director of Health Services, Dharapuram, S. Senthilkumar, were parents attending weddings and temples, Sunday being an auspicious day. To make-up for the 80 per cent, the Department workers will take out a door-to-door campaign in the next couple of days, he says.

"Monday onwards, the workers visit every house under a centre and look for children without the marking, to administer the drops."

As a practice, the Department makes a marking on the left little finger of every child administered with the drops. In Erode Corporation, the civic body set up 46 centres to administer drops to about 16,000 children. Special Health Department squads were also moving around the district on Sunday to meet any exigency.

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