Chandigarh (Aditi) To maintain the polio free status of Chandigarh, Sh. Dharam Pal, Adviser to the Administrator launched the three days Pulse Polio campaign NID Round by administering polio drops to children below five years at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh today.
43128 children were immunised on the first day of the Pulse Polio National Immunisation Day (NID) round on Sunday. The drive aims to immunize approximately 93,000 children in three days.
The Health Department had appealed to the city residents to get their children, in the age group 0- 5 years, immunized preferably at the booths on the first day, to achieve 100 % coverage.
About 1000 polio vaccination teams will vaccinate children across the city and 100 sector supervisors are monitoring this activity. 13 polio teams have been deployed at different transit points near borders with adjoining states.
During door-to-door activity under this campaign, which will be held on 28th February and 1st March the teams, will ensure that every child is administered the polio drops.
Dr. Srinivasan & Dr. Shivani Gupta WHO consultant also attended today’s inaugural ceremony at Sukhna Lake. WHO deployed independent monitors to supervise this polio vaccination drive.
The administration is also running the project “Taare Zameen Par- A Night Vigil” to cover children who accompany their parents to work during the day and halt at the various odd points of the city during night. To carry out this night vigil, 04 teams have been deputed from 7 PM onwards, who will go to different parts of the city where homeless, nomads, rag pickers and beggars, among others, settle down with their children at night.