Khammam: The health and medical officials and field level personnel in erstwhile Khammam district were directed to focus on migrant communities during the ensuing pulse polio drive.
The aims is to administer polio drops to children below the age of 5 years during the drive from Jan 19 to 21. Booths are being set up across the district in all hospitals, markets, railway stations, bus stops, malls, medical colleges, and other public places in both Khammam and Bhadradri Kothagudem.
Khammam District Medical & Health Officer Dr Malathi told press persons in Khammam on Friday that there were around 1,27, 882 children below five years of age. As many as 950 centres have been set up across the district to administer polio drops.
Around 8,000 polio vials are being readied, 40 centres have been set up at bus stations and railway stations, and 30 mobile teams would be employed. Around 3,800 personnel would be engaged in administering the polio drops, Dr Malathi said.
Kothagudem Collector Rajat Kumar Saini at a review meeting told the officials that the last case of polio infection was recorded in 2011 in Telangana.
At present there were no reports of polio cases anywhere in India. But it was feared that migration of people from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan into India could carry the polio virus into the country.
Hence focus should be laid on migrant people. Care should be taken to cover all children of migrated Adivasis from Chhattisgarh, the Collector added.