Minister for Municipal Administration and Waqf Qamarul Islam and president of the zilla panchayat Ramesh Margol administered pulse polio drops to a girl child to mark the beginning of the first phase of the four-day intensive polio immunisation drive this year, aimed at covering more than 4.02 lakh children aged below five years, in the district.
Mr. Islam chose to administer the pulse polio drops to a girl child to symbolically mark the girl child month launched by the Health and Family Welfare Department from January 18. Mr. Islam said while the country had not reported fresh cases of polio for the past three years, Karnataka had not reported such cases for the past six years and Gulbarga district for the past 11 years.
District Health and Family Welfare Officer Shivaraj Sajjanshetty said that a total of 4,02,841 children would be covered in the three days of polio immunisation drive. On the first day, pulse polio drops would be administered in 1,436 centres and over the next three days, 1,436 teams of volunteers and health workers would visit individual houses and administer pulse polio drops to eligible children.
In addition, 131 transit and 26 mobile teams had been formed to administer the pulse polio drops to children in railway stations, bus-stands, markets and annual fairs, he said.
‘Matter of pride’
Bidar Special Correspondent reports:
Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, MLA, who launched the polio immunisation drive here on Sunday, said that the fact that India was free from polio cases for the past three years was a matter of pride.
“We should build on this reputation and see that there are no incidents of polio anywhere in the country forever,” he said.
Health Department workers and members of the non-governmental organisations would go round the district administering the anti-polio vaccine for the next three days.
courtesy The Hindu