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Pulse polio immunisation: Programme evokes good response

PONDICHERRY, JAN. 20. The second phase of the Intensive Pulse Polio Immunisation programme registered enthusiastic response in Pondicherry.

A team of journalists who visited health centres and bus terminals could see parents bringing their children to immunise them.

Children leaving and coming into Pondicherry were covered by mobile units operated by the Health department.

The cooperation of the education, social welfare departments and voluntary organisations was also enlisted. Booths functioned from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Employees attacked to the Health department will visit houses in the next few days to give oral drops to children left out in today's programme.

The ESI Deputy Director, H. Ranganath, said nearly 40 nursing students were deployed in mobile teams to immunise children at the railway station and bus stand.

More urban areas covered in Vellore

Our Vellore Staff Reporter reports:

Urban areas registered a greater coverage than rural ones in the second round in Vellore district today.

About 80 per cent of targeted children within 5 years attached to the urban health post (UHP) in Kasba were covered by 11.30 a.m. The coverage was more in the UHP in Ambedkar Nagar where 576 children were immunised till 11.30 a.m.

As Sunday was a `Muhurtha Naal' with many marriages taking place in Vellore and nearby villages, there was a reduction in the number of children being brought for immunisation in the booths of the villages.

But children in transit were covered at the temporary booths set up at the bus stand, at the Indian Red Cross Society, Vellore district branch premises near the bus stand and at the Katpadi railway station.

As many as 375 children were immunised till 11.45 a.m. at the southern wing of the bus stand, while 316 children were immunised during the same time at the northern wing of the bus stand.

Members of Rotary Clubs were seen going round the bus stand for immunising children. A total of 272 children were immunised at the IRCS premises till 11.45 a.m. As many as 312 children were immunised at the booth in the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital premises till 12 p.m.

A visit to Anaicut revealed that only 51 children had been immunised at the local primary health centre till 9 a.m. two hours after the programme commenced. The PHC medical officer, Anbazhagan, attributed the low coverage to the marriages taking place in and around Anaicut. The PHC field staff have also gone to areas with vaccine carriers to immunise children in their houses.

They would also go for mop-up rounds on Monday and Tuesday in order to cover all children. Dr. Anbazhagan said during the previous round, a total of 3800 children were covered in all 21 immunisation centres coming under the PHC's jurisdiction against 3500. Thirty children were immunised in the PHC at Ussoor till 9.45 a.m. Field staff trekked to hamlets in the nearby Kurumalai hills. During the previous round, 80 children in the hills were covered.

3 lakh children immunised in Villupuram, Cuddalore

Our Cuddalore Staff Reporter reports

An estimated three lakh children in the age group zero to five were immunised under the second phase of the pulse polio programme in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts today.

The programme was inaugurated by the District Collector, S. Thangaswamy, at the bus stand. Accompanied by the Joint Director of Health Services, G. Sivakami and the Municipal Chairman, A. G.Rajendran, the Collector boarded a few buses and administered the drops to children.

In Villupuram, the SP, Abhay Kumar Singh, inaugurated the programme at the New Bus Stand.

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