BENGALURU: In a spectacular achievement, 86.23 per cent of children below the age of five within the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits were inoculated against polio on Sunday.
The inoculations were part of the first phase of the Statewide Pulse Polio Initiative. The drive involved thousands of volunteers and Health Department officials administering polio drops at various points across the City such as bus-stops, malls and railway stations.
The immunization drive saw an active participation of over 1.03 lakh volunteers and 6522 supervisors stationed across 32,614 booths and 1736 transit teams in the State.
Nearly 10 lakh children are yet to be covered under the programme. ‘This is only the first phase of the immunisation drive and is still in progress. We are aiming at covering 100 per cent and feel positive about reaching the target,” said Dr. Manoranjan Hedge, Health department, BBMP.
Bengaluru and North Karnataka are set to have a 3-day door-to-door programme to eradicate polio while other districts will be covered by volunteers for two days.
Over 1200 mobile unit teams were deployed in 29,000 high risk areas in the State for an effective drive. Mandya, Kodagu and Bengaluru Rural received high coverage, where as Kalaburgi, Bagalkot and Yadgiri received relatively lower coverage.
The next phase of the drive is said to kick off on February 21.
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