Pulse polio immunisation programme on January 19

To reach out to children under the age of five, the government will conduct a pulse polio immunisation programme on January 19. In Pune, as many as 4.8 lakh children will be administered polio drops, said District Collector Vikas Deshmukh said on Tuesday.

Dr N D Deshmukh, District Health Officer, said various departments have been put on alert and given specific tasks to mobilise resources to cover every child under the programme.

Though no case has been reported for over three years, instances of wild polio virus (WPV) transmissions have been reported and hence utmost care is being taken to ensure that each child is vaccinated, said health officials.

A total of 4,110 vaccination booths, apart from 273 mobile and 230 transit booths, will conduct the immunisation drive for which 10,262 people have been deputed. As many as 822 supervisors will coordinate the activity.

Special steps would be taken to ensure children are administered polio drops at toll booths, sugar factories, brick kilns, market places, bus stands, railway stations etc. Schools, anganwadi centres, panchayat offices would be used as transit booths.

A door-to-door campaign would be held from January 20.

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