Mangalore, Jan 2: A meeting was held in Mangalore in order to discuss the polio vaccination drive to be organized in Dakshina Kannada.
S Prabhakar Sharma, the additional deputy commissioner, presided over the meeting and reviewed all the arrangements made for the drive including cold chain, electricity facilities, identification of high risk areas, transportation arrangements, mapping, and so on.
Rukmini, the reproductive and child health officer, presented some details and said that as many as 1, 74,407 children from rural as well as urban areas were to receive the benefits of the drive on Jan 10.
Rukmini said that 12,465 children in Sullia, 34,508 in Bantwal, 23,361 in Belthangady, 25,054 in Mangalore taluk and 26,345 in MCC limit will be immunized against polio in this drive.
She informed that certain stray cases of polio have been identified in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Despite the fact that no polio cases have been uncovered in DK, the government wants to organize this drive as a safety measure.
Accordingly, the district administration plans to set up 921 polio vaccination booths in Dakshina Kannada. Seven hundred and forty one of these booths will be set up in rural areas and 180 booths will be set up in urban areas.