In a concerted effort to maintain India’s polio-free status and protect children from poliovirus, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is gearing up for a massive campaign.
The drive will be held between March 3 and 8 and more than 3.25 lakh children under five years of age will be vaccinated during the programme, officials said.
Dr Rajesh Dighe, chief immunization officer of PMC, said a total of 1,400 stalls with 102 permanent stalls will be set up for polio vaccination.
“In addition, the mobile team will go door to door to vaccinate children who could not receive the polio vaccine. We have designated 26 mobile teams and 20-night teams to visit labor camps and children living on the streets,” he said.
World Health Organization (WHO) officials will hold a training session for PMC health officials on Monday (January 12).
The city’s polio immunization task force, headed by municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar, will hold a meeting on Tuesday (January 13) with schools, the Pediatric Doctors Association, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to discuss the bell.
The civic body will take help from nursing colleges and students of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for the campaign.
Dr Bhagwan Pawar, PMC health officer, said that this year, after the merger of new villages, the number of children eligible for polio vaccine has increased. Under the leadership of Municipal Commissioner Kumar, we have meticulously planned the vaccination drive targeting children between 0 and 5 years of age.
“Nodal offices have been designated at the district and zonal levels. Once the polio vaccine is received, it will be distributed immediately at the ward level,” he said.