Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary inaugurated pulse polio drive at Lady Goschen Hospital on Sunday, January 19.
After inaugurating the drive, the minister urged all parents of children below five years to immunize their children against Polio.
Dakshina Kannada District Health Officer Dr M Ramakrishna Rao said that though India has been declared free from polio in March 2014, the reports of polio cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan makes India remain alert.
A total of 922 booths across the district were engaged in administering polio drops on Sunday. In addition, seven mobile booths, two in Mangaluru rural, three in Mangaluru City Corporation limits and two in Sullia administered polio drops to the children. A total of 1,48, 817 kids, will be covered under this pulse polio drive from today. The drops will be given to all children below five years, including the new-borns.
As many as 28 transit teams were pressed into service to ensure that no child is left out of administering polio drops, at the bus stand, railway station and at the airport. The health workers will visit houses in rural areas on January 20 and 21 to administer polio drops while they will visit houses from January 20 to 22 in the urban areas.
The last polio case in India was registered at Howrah in 2011 and the last case in Dakshina Kannada district ws reported in 1999. The last polio case in Karnataka was registered in 2007.
MLAs D Vedavyas Kamath, U T Khader, MLC Ivan D'Souza, Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh, ZP CEO Dr Selvamani R among others were present.
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