Chandigarh: About 15.10 lakh children below the age of five years were on Sunday administered polio drops in 13 districts of Haryana as the 3-day Sub-National Immunisation round of Pulse Polio 2012-13 began.

About 26 lakh children are to be covered during this campaign in the state. This campaign will continue for another two days by way of house-to-house activity to trace and administer polio drops to the left out children on first day of the round, spokesman of Haryana Health Department said.

A total of 10,573 booths were setup in the state and these were manned by approximately 42,000 health officials, volunteers, Anganwari Workers and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), he said.

About 2,100 officers supervised the activity apart from Independent Monitors of PGIMS, Rohtak and National Polio
Surveillance Project (NPSP)-WHO.

Special attention will be paid to high risk areas like slums, isolated hutments, brick kilns, floating or migrating population and construction sites so that no child is left uncovered in these areas, he said.

Wherever pockets of children remain un-immunised, the Poliovirus sustains survival and circulation. With every successive round of Pulse Polio Immunisation, the areas of Poliovirus circulation gets reduced.

He, therefore, urged the people to cooperate with the health authorities for the success of the campaign.

(Agencies)

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