Pulse Polio Immunization (PPI) programme for children aged up to 5 years will be held at 63,766 booths in tribal, rural, urban areas of the state in January and February.
The camps include 1,864 mobile teams to detect and cover children from nomadic groups, beggars, migratory families and labourers at construction sites, agricultural fields, etc.
The immunization programme will be conducted from January 19 to 21 and on February 23 and 24 at designated booths and also at the doorstep of people. Apart from this, on January 22 and February 26, house- to-house visits will be undertaken in seven cities _ Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Warangal, Vijayawada, Guntur and Kurnool.
The commissionerate of health and family welfare, which is implementing the programme, is turning special focus on fishermen’s community all over the state by pressing mobile teams into service. In addition, transit point booths will be set up at all railway stations, bus stands, ferry points, tourist spots, etc.
Speaking at a press conference here on Friday, commissioner of health and family welfare YV Anuradha claimed that after a case was reported in East Godavari in 2008, no fresh case of polio was recorded in the state. Vaccination programmes will be conducted repeatedly in places which share borders with neighboring states to put a check on polio.
An amount of Rs 9.76 crore will be spent on PPI in 23 districts. Health staff , volunteers, Asha and Mahila Mandali members, MEPMA, SERP and student volunteers will also be involved in the National Immunization Day programme.