NEARLY 70 lakh children up to the age of five years were administered pulse polio drops across Madhya Pradesh during the Statewide pulse polio drive on Sunday. About 1.85 lakh children were covered in the drive in Bhopal district.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan administered the medication to 18 children in Bhopal while State Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi inaugurated the campaign at the cantonment town Jabalpur.
The State Government arranged for 1.42 crore-vaccine doses for the drive besides setting up 63,095 vaccination booths and 2,269 transit booths. About 1,848 mobile teams were deployed and 10,164 supervisors and 1.60 lakh other employees were involved in the drive, according to state health department figures. Adequate arrangements of cold chain were also ensured to keep the vaccine doses fresh and free of contamination.
To ensure the campaign’s success, mobile teams targeted urban settlements that are still under construction, semi-urban areas, brick kilns, quarries, factory premises and forest villages while transit booths were established at bus stands, railway stations, markets and fairs, the drive’s State coordinator V K Srivastava said.
The State Government has set a target of covering one crore children in the pulse polio drive and for that a house-to-house campaign will be conducted on January 8 and 9. Those children who could not be administered polio drops on Sunday would be covered during the house visits by the mobile teams on the two days, Srivastava stated.
Help was also sought from the Rotary Club, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation and various voluntary organisations to make the drive a success, Srivastava said. People in all districts including Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Chhattarpur, Vidisha and others participated in the drive – that began from 8 am and continued till evening - with a lot of enthusiasm, he claimed.
Meanwhile, Bhopal District Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr Brahma Swaroop Ohri said 1,520 booths had been set up and 4,500 workers were pressed into service in Bhopal district. “Our target is to cover nearly 3.30 lakh children across the district during the three days of the drive,’’ Dr Ohri stated.
About 100 sector officers were deployed across the district while four Class-I officers including the CMHO personally monitored the drive in the district. “One officer each was deployed in Fanda and Berasia blocks while two officers monitored the drive in Bhopal,’’ Dr Ohri stated.
The district had seven mobile teams and 16 transit booths – with five members each – to ensure all targeted children were covered during the drive, Dr Ohri said.
Besides, house-to-house campaigns will be carried out on January 8 and 9 to cover the remainder of the targeted children, he maintained.