PULSE POLIO LAUNCHED: Door-to-door campaign for 3 days from 'morrow

A massive drive against Polio was launched in the district this morning. Health and Family Welfare Commissioner B. Basavaraju inaugurated the immunisation drive at Nagamma Perumal Chettiyar Maternity Hospital in Nazarbad by administering polio drops to a child.

District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr. D. Mahadevaiah, Taluk Health Officer Dr. K.H. Prasad, Maternity Hospital Medical Officer Dr. Sangeeta and other officials were present along with the women who had brought their children for immunisation. Authorities have a target of immunising 96,222 children in 300 centres in the city and 3.09 lakh children in the district.

In all 1,583 centres have been opened throughout the district. Immunisation centres have been opened in Government and private hospitals, Primary Health Centres, Government schools and Anganawadi Centres. Each centre is being looked after by four volunteers. Volunteers were seen administering drops in bus stands, railway station, Mysore Palace premises, Zoo and other tourist centres also.

An army of more than 1,200 volunteers, health workers, trainees in nursing schools and members of service organisations are involved in the mission. According to official sources, nearly 2,500 children were immunised by 10 am. The campaign concludes at 5 pm today.

DHO Dr. Mahadevaiah told Star of Mysore that health workers will go door-to-door for three days from tomorrow in the district to administer drops to children who are not immunised today.

More powers to DHOs

Earlier, talking to the media persons after launching the campaign, B. Basavaraju disclosed that administration in his department had been decentralised giving more powers to District Health and Family Welfare Officers for improving infrastructure in Government hospitals.

He said that DHOs were empowered to purchase equipment needed for hospitals and recruit staff. Basavaraju said that the Government had already recruited 500 doctors and a proposal had been sent to Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) to select 850 more doctors. He claimed that there was no dearth for funds in his department to improve the conditions in the Government hospitals. DHOs can take decisions without waiting for the nod from higher officials in the department.