VISAKHAPATNAM: Collector Pravin Kumar inaugurated the Pulse Polio programme in the city by administering polio drops to a few children at Chinawaltair on Sunday.
On the occasion, the collector said massive arrangements had been made to administer the drops in the district. The staff who have been deployed for the programme would make door-to-door visit and administer the drops for three days for the children who missed it on Sunday.
It was estimated that there are about 4.27 lakh children below five years of age in the district with 1.92 lakh in the rural areas, 79,539 in the agency and 1.39 lakh in the GVMC limits. There will be another 16,147 children in the limits of urban health centres, the collector said. The staff would visit 11.31 lakh houses to administer the pulse polio drops, he added. The district administration has provided 122 cold chain units to preserve the vaccine.
In another programme, HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao administered the drops at Girijan Bhavn in MVP Colony here. The pulse polio immunisation was taken in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts where kids were administered drops.