Every parent should join hands for the Success of Pulse Polio Drive – Meenakshi Madhava
Udupi: Every parent should join hands for the success of the two phase pulse polio drive said Meenakshi Madhava Bannaje president of Udupi City Municipal Council. She was speaking after inaugurating the first phase of the Pulse Polio drive at the Women’s and Child Hospital here on Sunday April 2.
Pulse polio drops should be administered to every child below the age of five paying a visit to every house in the rural areas, she added.
Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis said that since 2011, not a single polio case has been reported from anywhere in the country. Countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are in the list of countries still reporting polio cases. In 2015, 57 polio cases were reported in the world while in 2017, it was 305. Nigeria has also not reported a single case since 2014, she explained. House-to-house campaign will be taken up to administer polio drops. Adequate publicity measures have been taken to create awareness over polio immunisation, she added.
As many as 83,562 children, aged below five years, will be given polio drops on April 2 and April 30. 67,919 rural and 15,562 urban kids will be given polio drops. 648 polio centers have been set up – 560 in rural areas and 88 in urban areas. Around 2,592 volunteers have been deployed for the task.
There are 26 transit booths (Udupi-14, Kundapur-9 and Karkal-3), 15 mobile teams (Udupi-7, Kundapur-4 and Karkal-4) and 164 volunteers’ in-charge of these teams and transit booths.
Sheela K Shetty, vice president Udupi ZP, Dr Rohini DHO Udupi, Dr Madhusudhan Naik District Surgeon, Dr Rama RCH officer, Dr Suresh Shenoy, Ramachandra Upadhya, Jayachandra, Dr Kishori, Subramanya Sherigar and others were present.