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6.5 lakh kids given polio vaccine

Published: 21st January 2013 09:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2013 09:59 AM   |  A+A-

As part of the pulse polio immunisation programme, over 6,50,000 lakh children below five years including new born babies were administered with oral polio vaccine in twin cities and cantonment area here on Sunday.

Chief secretary Minni Mathew administered the drops to children at Nalla Pochamma Temple, Kundanbagh in Begumpet on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, she urged parents to ensure that their children are administered with polio drops.

As many as one crore children below the age of five years will be given polio drops in 63,766 centres across the state.

GHMC Mayor, M Majid Hussain launched the programme by administering polio drops to children at urban post health centre in Syednagar on Sunday.

The Hyderabad District Medical and Health Office (DMHO) officials informed that over 6.50 lakh children were administered polio drops at 3,200 booths, 1,000 slums, religious places, railway and bus stations.

The pulse polio immunisation programme is being taken as per the guidelines of central and state governments.

For children who could not take the polio vaccination on Sunday, a house to house activity will be taken up on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

As many as 85 mobile teams were pressed into service  for administrating polio drops to all the children at constructions sides nomads, beggar community, temporary settlements, markets, temples, gurudwaras, churches, mosques, marriage halls, public parks like Lumbini, NTR Gardens and Zoo Park.Polio booths were also arranged at the transit points such as railway stations and bus stations.

The personnel will be working round the clock starting from the midnight of January 20 (Sunday) to the evening of Jan 22 (Tuesday).

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