LAKHS OF children below the age of five years across Madhya Pradesh were administered polio drops on Sunday during the Statewide pulse polio drive. About three lakh children were given polio drops in Bhopal district.
The State Government had set up 62,991 polio booths in the State besides 2,248 transit booths and 1,778 mobile teams. Bhopal district was divided into 79 wards and a ward officer was appointed in each of the bigger blocks to supervise the drive.
In all 8,886 supervisors were appointed across the State and more than 1.61 lakh personnel were deployed Statewide at booths to administer polio drops to children. State Health Director Dr Yogiraj Sharma launched the drive in Bhopal by administering polio drops to children at the JP Hospital.
The exercise in Bhopal district, however, began with some hiccups, as at some places the polio drops reportedly reached later than scheduled while at some other places personnel arrived late.
Also, there was a shortage of vehicles in Bhopal during the early hours of the drive that began at about 8 a.m. across the State.
There was a requirement of approximately 120 vehicles in Bhopal district to ensure timely dispatch of medicines and personnel to various booths in the urban as well as rural areas.
However, the actual number of vehicles available was reported to be less resulting in delayed supply of medicines and staff at some booths, specially the ones located in remote areas and far from the City.
The daylong drive, nevertheless, was conducted successfully across the State and Bhopal district with set targets being achieved at almost all districts. The booths to administer polio drops were set up in such a manner so as to cover various areas including under construction localities, semi urban and rural areas, tola majras, quarries, factories’ premises etc.
Besides, mobile teams reached remote forest villages and other places to ensure polio drops were administered to targeted children. Transit booths catered to the railway stations, bus stands, airports, markets places and other such areas across the state.
This year, three cases of polio were reported from Madhya Pradesh besides about 338 cases from the country. Of the three cases found in Madhya Pradesh, one each was reported from Bhind, Chhatarpur and Jhabua districts. Two of the districts are located bordering Uttar Pradesh while one is bordering Gujarat, the State Government said.