Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, 1st March, 2009 : UT Health Department today made elaborate arrangements for pulse polio immunization campaign to provide oral polio vaccine to children in the age group of 0-5 years in Chandigarh.
Approximately 80,000 children were given polio drops. 463 stationary booths and 66 mobile teams were deputed consisting of about 2100 personnel belonging to the Department of Health, Education and Social Welfare, various nursing Institutions, students of GMCH-32, PGIMER, volunteers from various colleges, NSS and NGOs. Special arrangements were made to provide oral polio drops at all entry/ exit points of the city, ISBT at Sector 17 and 43, railway station and airport.
Booth activity was started in the morning and by evening maximum attendance was reported from booths located in Bapu Dham, Ram Darbar, Mauli Jagran, Indira Colony, Nehru Colony, Colony No.4, Colony No.5, Village Dhanas, Dadumajra, Sarangpur, Khudda Jassu, Khudda Lahora and other parts of the city.
Director Health and Family Welfare, Dr. M.S. Bains and other senior officials of the Health Department supervised the booth activity to make Pulse Polio Immunization Campaign a success.
All leftover children will be covered on March 2 and 3 by giving vaccine from house to house by the visiting teams. The Chandigarh Administration has requested parents to cooperate with the teams to get their children vaccinated and contribute to the cause of having a polio free society.