Bangalore, Monday, February 29, 2016: Pulse Polio, the National immunization campaign spearheaded by Rotary with other world organizations has helped India become a Polio-Free country for the last two years.  However, the work continues every year to keep ensure that the disease does not return to the country. 

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Rotary over the years have worked tirelessly in successfully conducting polio drives and spreading awareness on the issue through their large network. Rotarians across Great Britain and Ireland, every year, take part in a large-scale humanitarian effort by travelling to India to administer lifesaving polio vaccinations to millions of children across the country as part of National Immunization Day.

This year, the Pulse Polio Program was conducted over two days- January 17 and February 21, 2016.  Sharing their efforts during the Pulse Polio campaign this year, Mr. Fazal Ur Rahaman, Director, Community Services, Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar shared, “The total number of children immunized this year in the three areas of Old Byapannahalli, Murphy Town and Bhuvaneshwari Nagar is 10851 which include both migratory population and permanent residents.”

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Sharing his thoughts on the exemplary work done by the volunteers Rtn. Peeyush Jain, President, Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar shared,“Despite India being categorized as a polio-free country, the often poor conditions and high amounts of transitory people who are yet to be immunized mean this vital work must continue in order to ensure the disease does not return to the country.”

The Pulse Polio Program was conducted in two phases at the BBMP Health Centres. The Rotarians provide the necessary support to the health centre workers apart from personally volunteering for the immunization process. This initiative has been going on for the past several years at 3 BBMP Health Centres i.e. Bhuvaneshwari Nagar, Murphy Town & Old Byappanhalli.

Details from Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar on the Immunization:

The first phase was held from 17 January till 20 January.

  Old Byappanhalli Murphy Town Bhuvaneshwari Nagar
No. of children in the area 14703 8583 10566
Children immunized on 17-01-2016 11054 5133 8367
Children immunized on 18-01-2016 1665 749 1249
Children immunized on 19-01-2016 1191 1046 829
Children immunized on 20-01-2016 845 610 406
Total No. of children immunized 14755 7538 10851
Percentage of children immunized 100% 87.82% 100%
  • The second phase was held from 21 February till 24 February
  Old Byappanhalli Murphy Town Bhuvaneshwari Nagar
No. of children in the area 14703 8583 10566
Children immunized on 21-02-2016 8123 5425 8751
Children immunized on 22-02-2016 3777 938 775
Children immunized on 23-02-2016 1855 636 635
Children immunized on 24-02-2016 262 499 236
Total No. of children immunized 14017 7498 10397
Percentage of children immunized 95% 87% 98%
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