LAKHS OF children across the State were administered oral polio vaccine on the first day of the three-day pulse polio drive on Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday, door-to-door mop-up rounds will be held to vaccinate the children left out.
People flocked the 63,095 polio booths across State to get their children below age of five years vaccinated against the debilitating disease.
Polio drops were administered to children in all urban and remote areas as also the secluded settlements like brick kilns, stone quarries, factory campuses and to children in transit at bus stations, railway stations and so on. A total of 63,095 pulse polio booths had been set up, 1,848 mobile teams and 2,269 transit booths had been constituted and more than 1.60 lakh volunteers had been engaged to administer the vaccine and 10,164 supervisors had been deputed to oversee the process.
Representatives of government, semi-government, non-government organisations, peoples’ representatives and all citizens enthusiastically participated in the drive. Chief medical officers and other officials at district level and senior health officers in the Capital visited the polio booths to take stock of the drive.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Ajay Vishnoi administered polio drops to children at Rampur and Chhoti Line, Gorakhpur and Katangi area in Majhauli of Jabalpur district on Sunday.