On the first day of Pulse Polio drive, a total of 1,58,831 children were administered polio drops in the district on Sunday.
District immunisation officer Dr Manjit Singh informed that a total of 1,63,784 houses were visited by various teams of pulse polio campaign in the city and its peripheral areas.
Rural medical officers (RMOs) also participated in the campaign and administered drops to the children aged between 0-5 years.
Civil surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Renu Chhatwal said, "Though World Health Organisation has declared India as a Polio-free country, but to ensure that it does not return, every child upto five years of age should get polio drops in the drive."
She informed a total of 5,54,824 children falling in the age group of 0-5 from urban and rural areas of Ludhiana district would be covered during the five days of the drive. She added as many as 2,91,617 reside in urban areas while the remaining 2,63,207 are in rural areas of the district.
For covering these areas, a total of 698 booths, 379 sub booths, 1,358 teams for door-to-door immunisation of children, 119 transit teams and 83 mobile teams have been set up and 474 supervisors have been appointed.