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2,116 centres for polio drops

By Our Special Correspondent

SALEM, OCT. 6. The Salem district administration in association with Rotary Clubs and other voluntary agencies is taking necessary efforts to make the two-phased pulse polio campaign in the district on October 10 and November 21, a total success. The campaign will cover 3.5 lakh children below the age of five in the district.

Meeting held

The Collector, A. Sukumaran, also held a detailed preparatory meeting here on Tuesday with the officials concerned.

He asked them to make all arrangements for the successful conduct of the campaign on both days.

"Not a single child should be left out," he said. Officials including the Deputy Director of Health, Soundararajan, participated in the meeting. The district would have 2,116 centres for administering polio drops to the children. Of the total 2116, 1,906 would be situated in rural areas whereas the rest would be established in Salem Corporation area and the municipal limits of Mettur, Attur and Edapadi.

Officials from various departments as well as volunteers from various Rotary Clubs in Salem district and other organisations, numbering around 8,500, have been deputed. The camp would be held between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on both days.

"As intense pulse polio campaign is being pursued in the district since 1995, there has been no incidence of polio," the Collector added.

Our Erode Staff Reporter writes

As many as 2,57,347 children below the age of five in the district would be given polio drops on October 10 and November 21, the Collector, D. Karthikeyan, said today.

Polio drops would be administered at 105 centres in municipal areas and 1,562 centres in rural areas.

Special teams

The Collector said that special teams would visit hill areas with armed guards. Special counters would be opened at all bus stands and the railway station.

Over 5,000 Government employees would be deployed for administering polio drops in the district and 106 Government vehicles were provided for transporting polio drops.

The Collector exhorted the public to avail themselves of the opportunity. During the previous pulse polio camp in the district, 2,61,061 children were administered polio drops on January 1 and 2,62,627 on February 22.

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