Chandigarh, Apr 27 UNI | 3 months ago

About 14.30 lakh children below five years of age were administered polio drops in Haryana as the Sub-National Immunization round of Pulse Polio 2014-15 began in 13 districts of the State.

The polio drops were administered to the children at specially set up booths to wipe out polio from the state.

Thus, 55 per cent of the targeted children have been covered on the first day of the three-day campaign.

Stating this here today, a spokesman for Haryana Health Department said the districts covered under the campaign included Ambala, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Mewat, Palwal, Panchkula, Panipat, Rohtak, Sonepat and Yamunanagar. About 26 lakh children would be covered during this campaign in the state.

This campaign will continue for another two days when the teams would go from house to house to administer polio drops to the children who could not come to the booths on Sunday.

In order to smoothly carry out this campaign, a total of 10,583 booths were setup in the state and these were manned by about 42,000 health officials, volunteers, Anganwadri workers and ASHA workers.

About 2100 officers and officials supervised the activity apart from independent Monitors of PGIMS, Rohtak and National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) of World Health Organisation.

The left out children during the booth activity on 1st day will be administered polio vaccine drops on April 27,28,29,2014 through house-to-house teams.

During this round, special attention has been paid to high risk areas like slums, isolated hutments, brick kilns, floating or migrating population and construction sites so that no child is left uncovered in these areas. About 1000 mobile teams will be working during the campaign to cover all children in poorly approachable areas.

It is important to know that wherever pockets of children remain un-immunized, the Poliovirus sustains survival and circulation. With every successive round of Pulse Polio Immunization, the areas of Poliovirus circulation get reduced. He urged the people to cooperate with the health authorities to eradicate polio from the State.

(Posted on 28-04-2014)