DK, Udupi dists cover 87 pc, 92 pc kids respectively

Personnel will visit homes from today as a part of polio drive

MLA Abhaychandra Jain inaugurating the polio drive by administering polio drops to a child on Sunday.The pulse polio drive in Dakshina Kannada district registered 87.72 per cent of children below the age of five administering with polio drops on Sunday. As many as 1,39,519 children against the total number of 1,65,136 children in the district were vaccinated during the first pulse polio immunisation programme for the year 2012. 

Giving out details of the vaccination, District Reproduction and Child Health Officer Dr Rukmini M informed that Puttur rural registered highest percentage with 96 per cent of the children receiving vaccination, while Mangalore City Corporation registered lowest with only 75.74 percent children being administered the polio drops.

The details are as follows. As many as 26,522 (86.8 pc) children in Mangalore rural were administered pulse polio drops, while 15,766 (77.37 pc) of children were vaccinated in Mangalore Urban under the Primary Health Centre limits. As many as 18,838 (75.74 pc) children were vaccinated in Mangalore City Corporation limits. A total of19278 (96 per cent) children in Puttur rural, 22,789 (86.5 pc) children in Puttur urban, 21,773 (95.95 pc) in Belthangady rural, 25,855 (88.71 pc) in Bantwal rural, 3,285 (88.71 pc) in Bantwal urban and 10,745 (94.34 pc) children in Sullia rural were administered with polio drops on Sunday.

There was low turn up among migrant children. Eight nomads, 47 children living in brick huts, 58 from construction sites, 53 from those settled in high risk areas and 219 children from other migratory families were vaccinated on the first day. The RCH officer informed that rest of the children will be covered during the next three days when the health workers and vaccinators will pay house to house visit. She said the Department is not apparently happy with the percentage of children who were vaccinated on the first day, as it showed the unwillingness of the parents to bring their children to the booth and vaccinate them. “We will try to cover the remaining children during the next three days,” she said.

As many as 3,788 personnel administered vaccines to the children in 921 booths across the district. A total of 187 supervisors, six mobile units and 21 transit teams were deployed for the vaccination drive. As many as 655 Health Department staff, 2,102 Anaganawadi workers, 1,045 Asha workers and 105 medical officers, implementing officers and in-charge officers helped to carry out the drive.

On Sunday morning, Assembly Deputy Speaker N Yogish Bhat inaugurated the drive at Wenlock Hospital, by administering polio drop to a child.

In Udupi

As many as 80,307 children below the age of five were administered the polio drops in the district as against the target of 87,404 registering 92 per cent success in the first phase campaign of pulse polio programme by the District Health Department on Sunday.

In Udupi taluk, the target was 39,847 and the achievement is 36,711 recording 92 per cent success ratio. In Kundapur taluk, as many as 28,910 children under five years were administered polio drops as against the target of 31,658 recording 91 per cent success ratio.

In Karkala taluk, as many as 14,686 children were administered the polio drops. The target was 15,899 and the success recorded is 92 per cent.

As many as 637 pulse polio booths were set up in the district, of which 87 in urban areas and 550 were set up in rural areas.

About 2,491 volunteers were deployed for the service. The pulse polio drive was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Dr M T Reju.

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