Massive polio drive in Himachal on Jan 20
B K Upmanyu | 17 Jan 2013

Ali R. Rizvi, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare of Himachal Pardesh said today that 5853 booths would be set up throughout the state for administering Pulse Polio drops on 20th January, 2013 for children in the age group of 0-5 years.

It will be booth as well as house-to-house activity on subsequent second and fourth days to cover all the left out children. He said that in all parts of Himachal Pradesh it would be mainly booth-based activities on the first day, and house-to-house activity on subsequent days till all the left-out children are administered polio drops.

The secretary said that approximately seven lakh children would be administered the polio drops. Each booth shall be manned by four persons, two technical persons from Health and Ayurvedic Department and rest two will be deployed from other departments.

The Principal Secretary said that polio eradication campaign was social mobilization, which could only be achieved by cooperation and wholehearted support of all government and Non Government Organizations and full community participation by involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions, Mahila Mandals and Mahila Swasthya Sangh and Social Workers, etc. He urged to sensitize the people about the importance of Pulse Polio Immunization Campaign and ensure that no child in the age group of 0-5 years of age was left uncovered.

Rizvi further added that the children of Gaddi and Gujjar tribes should be given polio drops at the Forest Check Posts whenever they cross over these Check Posts. Special arrangements have also been made at Temple premises, major tourist destinations, industrial clusters and major bus stands for administration of the polio drops, he added.