2.8 lakh children administered polio dose

As many as 2.8 lakh children were administered polio doses on National Immunisation Day (NID) on February 24 in Pune as against the target of 3.45 lakh children between 0-5 years.

The drive was conducted by the Pune Municipal Corporation's health authorities at 14 ward offices that had set up 1,388 booths and involved 3,300 volunteers. In the next five days, a team of 1,600 volunteers will conduct door-to-door visits to administer dose to the remaining children.

There has not been a single case of polio in the last two years. The immunisation days are organised to ensure no children, below 5 years, is found vulnerable to the polio virus.

Across the country about 7,09,000 fixed booths were set up. NID is a platform dedicated to provide polio vaccines in various parts of the country to maximize the outreach. In many parts of the country, health workers were joined by Indian Rotarians and rotarians from abroad for the drive. A group of around 250 rotarians visited different parts of the country on Sunday. Members of the Rotary International group from the UK, US, Australia, Netherlands and Japan visited high-risk areas of Delhi, Kolkata and Uttar Pradesh ó Moradabad, Lucknow, Nadaun, Bijnore & Aligarh ó during the activity.

Deepak Kapur, chairman, Rotary International's India national polio plus committee, said, the Kolkata team visited India's last Polio surviving child Rukhsar Khatoon. In Delhi, rotarians from the UK and Japan attended a free health camp mela on Saturday and Sunday.

Rotarian Yoshi Seikiba who is leading the team from Japan in the city has been participating in the NID activity in India for several years. He takes back his experience of the NID to motivate and encourage other rotarians in Japan to join in and also raise funds for the global campaign.

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