Pulse polio campaign amidst Covid 19 challenges

Gurugram: Despite Covid-19 challenges, the pulse polio campaign in Gurugram district has been extremely successful as the district surpassed the given target of administering polio vaccine drops to children below 5 years of age in this Sub National Pulse Polio vaccination drive which began on Sunday 20thSeptember 2020. The 3 day drive ended today with vaccination of 169771 children, which comes out to be 171.22 percent of the target.

Stating this here today, Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Mr Amit Khatri said that this year due to spread of Covid-19, the task of giving polio drops to children was a bit difficult and challenging as compared to earlier pulse polio rounds. He said that this year a target of giving polio vaccine drops to 100318 children was fixed for district Gurugram. On the first day of the pulse polio round itself, that is, Sunday , as many as 74709 children below 5 years of age were given polio drops, which was about 74 percent of the target.

During the 3 day drive, the first day was a booth activity day, that is, the polio drops were administered to those children who came to the booths set up by health authorities. Rest of the two days were for door to door activity, during which the teams visited every house hold for administering polio drops to the left over kids. On the second day, the Health Department teams visited 203164 households and administered polio drops to 54006 children, taking the total coverage to 1,28,679 children. This means the district had achieved more than 128 percent of the target in first two days of the drive itself. The third and concluding day of the vaccination drive was on Tuesday, when the teams visited 1,63,295 households and gave vaccine drops to 43249 children, taking the grand total to 171964 children, which is 171.22 percent of the target. During the drive, every care was taken to keep the vaccines in ice cooled storage box so that it’s strength is not affected.

Complementing the Health Authorities and the teams deployed for administering polio drops, Mr Khatri said that for achieving the given target, as many as 557 booths were set up in 442 high risk areas in the district. 116 mobile teams and 27 Transit teams were deployed to complete the task. As majority of the Health Department staff is engaged in Covid-19 duties, so 1788 workers and 176 Supervisors from Women & Child Development Department were associated in this drive to give polio drops to the kids. The 3 days drive was closely monitored by senior officers of the district administration. Additional Deputy Commissioner Prashant Panwar was monitoring at the district level while senior medical officers were deputed to keep watch at the Community Health Centre and Primary Health Centre levels. The Deputy Civil Surgeons were monitoring the vaccination drive and Dr Ajay Verma from NHM alongwith Dr Bindu Yadav from WHO were also reviewing from time to time and guiding the vaccination teams to perform their task in a magnificent way, Mr Khatri added.

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