Over 80,00 children receive polio drops

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2014 19:49 IST

As many as 87,121 children were administered polio drops on Monday as part of the five-day pulse polio programme. Monday was the second day of the programme.

Health teams visited 1, 69,817 houses to administer polio drops to children below the age of five.

District immunisation officer Dr Sanjeev Hans said, "Although India has been declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the problem is still prevalent in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We need to administer drops to prevent the virus travelling to India from these countries from affecting people here."

Nearly 3.8 lakh children across the state will be covered during the five-day pulse polio drive.

As many as 1,581 teams, including 99 mobile units and 67 transit teams, have been constituted under the drive. Besides this, 302 supervisors have been appointed to monitor the drive. Polio booth stalls have been put up in public places.

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