Polio drops were administered to the children in the target
age group (0-5 years) during the second round of Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI)
held in Visakhapatnam last Sunday.
District Collector N. Yuvaraj launched the programme at
China Waltair Dispensary by administering polio drops to a few children. The
official said that no new cases of polio were reported from anywhere in the
district during the last two years.
A total of 4.38 lakh children below 5 years of age were
administered polio drops in the first phase, achieving cent percent target in
According to authorities, a total 3,632 PPI centres were set
up in the district and 7,033 mobile teams formed to undertake door-to-door
surveys. An additional 14,528 persons were appointed and 98 mobile vaccination
teams were also formed to administer drops to uncovered children in the target
"Special teams were posted at bus terminals, railway
stations and junctions to administer polio drops to children on the move. A
total of 363 supervisors were appointed and cold storage chains were set up at
87 places to prevent the vaccine from getting damaged," said State Nodal
Officer for PPI and Joint Director of Urban Health Mission Aruna Devi.