Under the National Immunisation Round of World Health Organisation, a three-day pulse polio drive kicked off here on Sunday.
Civil surgeon Dr Yash Mitra inaugurated the drive by administering polio drops to a newborn. The drive is being held from February 24 to 26 for the children in the age group of up to five years. Aftering administering the medicine at the booths on Sunday, the teams from health department will go door to door to administer the medicine to children.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mitra said 3,39,113 children were administered by 2,785 teams at 1,435 booths. As many as 5,570 team members and 282 supervisors were appointed for the exercise, he said. Dr Mitra appealed to the city residents to ensure that every child of this age group was administered the medicine so that polio could be eradicated from India and our country could be declared polio free.
District immunisation officer Dr Rajan Verma said it was the second round of the drive this year and would be followed by four migrant rounds in the coming months.