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Anti-polio drive: 55,617 kids immunized in Mohali on first day

Health teams to visit more than 4 lakh houses

SAS Nagar : A total of 55,617 children were immunised on the first day of three day National immunisation day (NID) pulse polio vaccination drive in Mohali district today. The target is to administer drops to 1,59,830 children in the age group of 0-5 years. Vaccination teams will visit a total of 407675 houses in the district to give shots to the children. 

Mohali Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur informed that around 35 percent of the target has been achieved today. Giving out details, Dr Adarshpal said as many as 1248 teams including 1083 house to house teams have been constituted across the district. On the first day, 560 booths were set up at various places in the district. The last two days are for house to house activity. As part of the vaccination campaign, health workers will also visit railway stations, bus stands, brick kilns, slums etc.. ‘A total of 2496 vaccinators have been pressed into service. The teams include ANMs, ASHA workers and students from nursing colleges. To ensure that all children are immunized, a total of 123 supervisors will carry out sudden checks at various places.” said Dr Adarshpal. 

                Earlier, Deputy Director Dr Kavita Kalia and District Immunisation officer Dr Girish Dogra launched the three-day Pulse Polio vaccination drive by administering polio drops to children below five years. They appealed to the people to get their children vaccinated even if the child was born a few hours ago or is suffering from cough, cold, fever, diarrhea or any other disease. The anti-polio vaccine has no harmful effects in these sick children. They said the country was already polio-free, however, the vaccination was necessary to sustain polio eradication from the country. 

                 Dr Girish Dogra, Dr Subhash Kumar, Dr Vijay Bhagat, Dr HS Cheema, Dr Vikrant were among the senior health officials who visited various places in all blocks across the district to ensure smooth conduct of the drive.

DP Bureau
Author: DP Bureau

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