Nearly 47,000 children were vaccinated for polio during the sub-national immunisation round here on Sunday. The campaign will continue on Monday.
According to a press release, the UT health department deployed 1,334 workers, 78 sector supervisors, 15 area supervisors with 100 reserved workers to vaccinate children in the age group of 0-5 years.
Secretary (home)-cum-health Anil Kumar said, “We are near to eradicate the disease from the country. India has made efforts to have at least three years free from polio. No case has been reported from the city since 2006.”
Director, health services, Dr SK Bhalla said hard work of all members of the team at the ground level was commendable, and their contribution noble.
The members from Rotary International Club, panchayats of Khuda Lahora and other villages, a team from the World Health Organisation, district immunisation officer and district family welfare officer were present.
Over 27,000 children given drops in Dera Bassi
In all, 27,872 children were immunised for polio here on Sunday. The campaign was inaugurated by tubewell engineer Gurdarshan Singh Saini by immunising polio drops to a newborn in the presence of senior medical officers (SMO) Dr Daler Singh Multani and Dr SK Mittal, state immunisation officer Dr GB Singh, and social workers at civil hospital.
Dr Multani said 127 teams visited houses, brick kilns and slum areas for the immunisation drive. The remaining children will be covered in the next two days.