Pulse Polio campaign takes off from Dal Lake in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 6 (UNI) Despite snowfall and chilly conditions, people thronged the Pulse Polio booths set up across the valley by the health department to administered anti-polio drops to their children.

According to health department, about 10 lakh children upto the age of five years were being administered Pulse Polio drops at 5046 booths.

The department had deployed 20204 employees of health, education and anganwari workers for the purpose.

An official spokesman said 83 per cent target was achieved today by administering pulse polio drops.

The director of health department said that left over target will be achieved by conducting door to door campaign.

He said four special teams were detailed on duty to monitor the campaign.

At Srinagar, Director of Health Service Dr Muzaffar Ahmad and Director of Family Welfare Dr A H Shah started the campaign by giving pulse polio drops to some children at the famed Dal Lake where booths were established in Shikaras besides dispensaries.

At Badgam, the campaign was started by administering Pulse Polio drops by Chief Medical Officer In order to make the campaign a success, a central control room was set up in directorate of health services, Kashmir.

A report from Kargail said the polio mission start early morning despite light snow and cold wave all over the district.

The health department has established 345 polio booths all over the district with 1380 trained staff deputed for the task.

The Chief Executive Councilor of Ladakh Autonmous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Haji Asgar Karbalayee and executive councilor for tourism Sonam Namgyal, besides Deputy Commissioner of Kargil R K Baghat started the Polio mission.

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