Polio Campaign Kicks Off Today
By Express News Service | Published: 19th January 2014 10:12 AM |
The Pulse Polio campaign will start off in the state from Sunday targeted at over 75 lakh kids aged below five years from across the state.
Although, no indigenous cases of polio have been reported in Karnataka since 2004 and India was declared polio-free by the Union Health Ministry, authorities of the Department of Health and Family Welfare have no plans of giving up unless a sustained effort is made to keep its children safe from polio.
Speaking to Express Husensaheb M Khaji, Deputy Director - Immunisation, state health department said that the department focuses on 18,000 high risk areas across the state which includes construction sites, and other places where migrant workers. “These are areas, especially corporation areas like Bangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Mangalore, Mysore, where migrant workers live in poor hygiene. According to Khaji, about 11 lakh children are expected to be immunised during the drive through mobile vans, and units set up in high-transit zones.
“There are 923 vans administering the vaccine of which one fourth are in Bangalore city, which is the highest risk zone for us. Vaccines will be given at railway stations, district head quarters, bus stops by 2,162 teams. There are over 31,782 booths in the state,” said Khaji.
While booths will administer vaccine on Sunday, house-to-house pulse polio will be administered by 51,118 teams from January 20 to 22 in urban areas across the state and rural areas across 12 districts in North Karnataka. The remaining districts will have it on January 20 and 21. Another Pulse Polio drive will be held on February 23.