THE STAGE is all set for the six-day pulse polio drive starting from November 12. As many as 10.22 lakh children in the age group of zero to five years will be administered polio drops during the drive. The Health department will set up 2565 polio booths in rural areas and 811 booths in urban areas to immunise children on the first day of the drive on Sunday.
From Tuesday onwards, 1306 house-to-house teams in rural areas and 444 teams in urban areas, will immunise ‘left-out’ children. The department has also deputed 127 mobile and transit teams to administer polio drops to children moving in trains, buses and other vehicles. A special strategy has been adopted to immunise children of resistant families.
“A list of resistant families has been provided to the district magistrate, who has ordered senior officers to monitor these cases and ensure that their children are immunised against polio virus,” said Dr Swatantra Mishra, district immunisation officer.
Dr Mishra said focus would be on resistant families, with strict instructions of proper marking on their houses. The help of local leaders and MPs would also be sought in covering these families.
“I will inspect polio drive in Kaundhiyara, Karchana and Chaka, tomorrow. The CMO will also monitor the drive in several areas,” he added.
Meanwhile, a polio awareness rally was taken out from Dufferin Women Hospital on Saturday. Chief medical superintendent Dr Meenu Sagar flagged off the rally which was led by CMO Dr Shantimal Singhavi and Dr Kalim Akmal. It passed through Atala, Rani Mandi, Baidan Tola, Hassan Manzil, Daira Shah Azmal, Buxi Bazar, Kaziganj and concluded at the Dufferin Hospital. Also present on the occasion were Dr S Nautiyal, Dr N Hassan, Dr Maya Devi and Shahid Askari.