Sweeping response on Day One of first phase of immunisation drive

1,84,868 children in Kolar district and 1,65,900 in Chikkaballapur will be administered
Last Updated 10 January 2010, 18:08 IST

The campagain began from 9 am and hundreds of parents were seen going to the schools along with their kids to get the pulse polio drops administered to their children.
Zilla Panchayat member Balaji Chennaiah inaugurated the programme by administering the pulse polio to a child at the District Hospital. Tahsildar S M Mangala, Dr Narayanswamy, Dr Shrinivasan, Rotary President Venkatesh were also present.
Polio drops will be administered to 1,84,868 children in Kolar district.

A total of 330 booths in Kolar City and 527 in Kolar rural have been set up for the purpose. Thus, a total of 857 booths have been installed. 3,428 staff members, 172 supervisors and 804 volunteers are taking part in the campaign.
District Health Officer Dr N Ramesh Babu has informed that a total 11,200 vials have been distributed among the staff members to administer polio drops to 18 children, from a single viol.

At some places, it is reported that some of the staff members turned up late at the booths. Meanwhile, the staff at the booth installed at Haveli Mohalla in ward no 20 in the City did turn even before 12 noon. The parents are said to have returned back to homes.

In Chikkaballapur
The public should make use of the pulse polio programme which is being organised for the benefit of children.

In order to safeguard them from permanent disabilities, the parents should take precautionary measures by administering them with polio drops, expressed MLA K P Bachegowda. He was speaking after inaugurating the district-level pulse polio programme organised at the Government Hospital in Chikkaballapur on Sunday.

The MLA said, by organising the annual pulse polio programmes, there has been a lot of awareness among the parents. Today, the parents are all the more careful about their wards and do not wish to take any risk with regards to issues related to health.
 It is good to know that a large number of parents are turning up to the camp, which shows the awareness levels among them, Bachegowda added.
Speaking on the occasion, District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr Rajeen said, a total of 1,65,900 children in Chikkaballapur district will be administered with the polio drops.

A total 664 booths have been established to administer the drops. Out of them, 535 are located in the rural areas and 129 in the City limits, the officer informed.
He further informed that as many as 2,656 staff members were involved in the programme. A total of 133 supervisors have been appointed to monitor five booths each. As many as 30 mobile booths are pressed into service, out of them, 15 units will be administering polio drops in the market places, bus stands and other busy areas.
From Monday onwards, for three days, polio drops will be administered in a door-to-door campaign, the district health and family welfare officer informed.
Assistant Commissioner G V Seenappa, Medical Officers Krishnaswamy and Anjaneya Reddy, leaders K T Narayanswamy, P Shrinivas and several others were present on the occasion.
DH News Service

(Published 10 January 2010, 18:08 IST)

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