Ninety-percent of children in Hyderabad receive polio drops

A total of 583,384 children were immunized against polio on Pulse Polio Immunization Day on Sunday in Hyderabad, one of India's largest cities and the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

District health officials in Ranga Reddy said that approximately 94 percent of children were immunized in the district on Sunday. The campaign seeks to cover 913,293 houses in total, the Deccan Chronicle reports.

"Around 90 per cent of (650,000) children below the age of five have been administered pulse polio drops in the twin cities on Sunday," G. Srinivaslu, said, according to the Deccan Chronicle. "The remaining children are to be immunized in the coming three days during house-to-house activities."

The campaign included 3,200 polling booths and 66 mobile teams arranged throughout Hyderabad. The booths were positioned at all transit points, including bus and railway stations.

"Around 12,800 personnel were deployed for the polio drive from nursing students, ASHAs, Anganwadi workers, medicos, NCC scouts and guides, SHO cantonment staff, community volunteers and self-help groups," Uma Maheswari, the Hyderabad district's medical and health officer, said, according to the Deccan Chronicle.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, polio is an infectious viral disease that affects a person's nervous system. In the United States alone, the virus crippled approximately 35,000 people a year in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The U.S. was declared polio free in 1979.