Pulse polio drive on Feb 19

There are 1,65,136 kids in DK, 87,404 in Udupi district

The first phase of polio vaccination administering for the year 2011-12 will be held on February 19, Sunday. The District Health Officer has asked the parents with children below five years of age to compulsorily administer the polio vaccination to their children.

Speaking to media persons here on Friday, DK DHO Dr O R Srirangappa informed that the District Health Department has set an aim to vaccinate as many as 1,65,136 children on coming Sunday and a total of 921 booths have been formed across the district to administer polio vaccines. A total of 3,788 volunteers, 187 supervisors, six mobile units, 21 transit teams, 655 health department staff, 2,102 Anganawadi workers, 1,045 Asha workers, 105 officers have been deployed for the purpose. The intended drops to be vaccinated is 2,17,271, said the DHO.

He also informed that godowns for storing polio vaccination have been opened at the District Health office, Taluk Health centre, government hospitals, urban family welfare centres, community health centres and primary health centres.

Migrant labourers

The DHO said that the polio drive for the year 2011-12 has been formed in the State keeping in mind the migrant labourers. Though the last polio case in the State was registered in 1999, a few polio cases have been recorded in North Indian states and therefore the State is apprehensive about the chances of recurring of polio cases in the State through migrant labourers from North.

The District Health Department is facing problem in the process of prevention of polio especially from the residents of flats and apartments who are non-co-operative. District Health and Family Welfare officer Dr O R Onkarappa said that there are chances of polio cases getting reported in the district because of the migrant labourers. As they are ignorant towards polio drops, the Department has decided to give special attention to them and vaccinate the children of migrant labourers this year, he informed.

In Udupi

As many as 87,404 children below the age of five in Udupi district will be administered polio drops during the pulse polio campaign by the District Health Department on February 19.

Speaking to media persons, Udupi DHO Dr Ramachandra Bairy informed that as many as 637 pulse polio booths have been set up, of which 87 are in urban areas and 550 are set up in rural areas. As many as 182 migratory and high risk areas have been identified, of which 162 are in rural places and 15 are in urban region. As many as 1,628 children under the age group of five have been identified in these areas, he said. About 2491 volunteers have been deployed for the service. 

Door-to-door administration of polio drops will be held on February 20 and 21 in rural areas and from February 20 to 22 in urban areas. The second phase of the campaign will be held in the month of April, he added.

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