Another round of Pulse Polio immunisation drive for children below five years covering the entire district was organised on Sunday in more than 3,630 booths. Besides, 102 transit booths also participated in the drive.
District Collector V. Seshadri, who inaugurated the drive at a booth at China Waltair, set an example by bringing his daughter there and getting her immunised.
He administered the oral drops to children there and said it was a social responsibility to immunise children in the target group. They should also go in for immunisation on February 24.
On Monday and Tuesday, a house-to-house mop-up operation would be taken up to cover any children left uncovered in the drive.
DMHO Syamala, Additional DMHO Ramesh, and District Immunisation Officer Vijayalakshmi participated.
Minister for Investment and Infrastructure Ganta Srinivasa Rao administered the drops at Government Health Centre at Gajuwaka. The relentless efforts by the government had almost led to eradication of polio in the country, he said while stressing that there was no room for complacency.
GVMC Chief Medical Officer (Health) P.V. Ramana Murthy, Zone Commissioner A. Srinivas, and assistant medical officer Dhavala Bhaskara Rao participated.
At the Municipal Dispensary at One Town, Government Whip Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao inaugurated the drive.
NCC Cadets’ campaign
About 100 cadets participating in the CATC XVII training camp and NCC officers went on a door-to-door campaign at Ashok Park Defence Civilian Colony.
They raised slogans motivating people to take children for immunisation. Camp Commandant Lt. Col. S.S. Nehra and Deputy Camp Commandant Lt. T. Brahmananda Reddy participated.
Ken Foundation, working in collaboration with the GVMC, deployed volunteers to help achieve 100 per cent coverage of Pulse Polio programme at different places in city with the foundation points at CMR Shopping Mall and CMR Central.
Founder Pulletykury Santosh and Chief-Coordinator Vijay Raj and volunteers from different colleges participated.
Rotary Club Visakha Valley Director (International Service) A.J. Soloman visited the immunisation booths in the New Colony area and those at RTC Complex.