10.55 lakh children vaccinated

10.55 lakh children vaccinated

Sensitisation programmes conducted to make drive a success

10.55 lakh children vaccinated

BBMP areas achieved 83.12 percent; Bangalore rural achieved 84.23 percent and Bangalore Urban recorded 83.89 percent vaccination. Of the target set at 12,64,357 children, 10,55,887 children were vaccinated.

According to Dr Mohan Raj, Project Director, Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) said that extra precaution was taken this year keeping in mind last year's incident.

A success

"Sensitisation programmes were conducted with the help of 'Rapid Response Team' who visited each hospitals, dispensaries, health centres and PHCs in the State. The programme has been a success this year,” he said.

It may be recalled that parents had rushed to hospitals in panic following a rumour that the a child died following administration of the vaccine in Tamil Nadu last year.
Earlier, inaugurating the National Pulse Polio Programme Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said that since 1995, the pulse polio drive has been aimed at eradicating the disease.

Polio-free nation

"Polio is rampant in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria. In India, earnest efforts are being made to eradicate the disease and to make the nation polio-free. In Karnataka, the government is taking all the measures to ensure that all children below the age of five are administered polio drops," said Yeddyurappa.

90.99 % vaccination

Chikmagalur achieved 90.99 percent, Chikkaballapur-96.78 percent, Chitradurga-84.16 percent, Mangalore-89.52 percent, Koppal-81.55 percent, Mandya - 92.37 percent, Ramanagar - 87.80 percent, Shimoga-93.07 percent and Udupi-93.08 percent. Health voulteers will conduct door to door visits on January 11 and 12 in rural areas.