3.73 Lakh Kids to be Administered Pulse Polio Drops - The New Indian Express

3.73 Lakh Kids to be Administered Pulse Polio Drops

Published: 17th January 2014 07:59 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 08:02 AM

Around 3.73 lakh children, under the age of 5, will get polio vaccination in the district on Sunday, as part of the first phase of the  vaccination drive for the year.

According to the deputy director of health services Dr Poonkodi, the drive is to ensure that the children are protected from polio. The district administration has planned to organise 2,216 camps across the district on Sunday in this regard. This year, the special camps would be held at the three toll plazas on the national highways.

While 54 camps would cover the children travelling by buses and trains, 13 additional camps would be conducted in remote areas. The children of construction workers, who have been stayed temporarily in the district, migrated workers of national highways, vendors from other States/districts and Sri Lankan refugees living in camps would also be covered by the camps.

The government employees attached to the various departments such as public health, education, social welfare and revenue, in addition to the NGOs and self-help groups, totalling around 9,157 besides 305 supervisors would be involved in the drive.

A total of 140 vehicles would be used to create awareness on the polio programme and to transport the vaccine and publicity materials to various places in the district.

Further Poonkodi said that those children who had received the polio drops in the past, needed to get vaccinated at the camp this time also.

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