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National Immunization Day at Senapati and Chandel
Source: IT News

Senapati, February 01 2021: Yesterday, the District Family Welfare in collaboration with District Health Society launched a programme on Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization/ National Immunization at Senapati Headquarter Bazar under the theme "Let the victory over Polio continue with two drops of life" .

Speaking on the IPPI/ National Immunization Day, Th Kirankumar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner/ Chairman, District Health Society, Senapati stated that every children till the attainment of 5 years of age should be made compulsory in taking polio vaccine after every six month.

He also stated that the immunization of polio vaccine is one of the successful stories all across the country.

He said that the pictorial representation for polio vaccine advertisement was scary back in those days due to displaying of paralysed figure but over 25-30 years, it looks better due to effective effort of Health workers.

He therefore appealed everyone to take utmost care of polio disease.

Dr. M.Pfokreho, Chief Medical Officer/ Director, District Health Society, Senapati in his presidential speech stated that polio should be taken immense care like that of COVID- 19 due to high risk of contracting by wearing mask, washing hands regularly and maintaining social distancing.

He said that if polio vaccine is taken properly, there is a safety protection of 99.9% from contracting the disease.

He therefore appealed parents and health workers to immunize polio vaccine to children below 5 years of age in time.

Dr M Sokha-a, Medical Superintendent, District Immunization Officer, Senapati in her keynote address stated that all children below 5 years of age would be receiving two drops of polio vaccine all over the countrytoday.

She also stated that India has been certified a Polio Free country in the year 2014 but polio vaccine is still given to the children below 5 years of age.

She said that 3 countries namely Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria have not been certified as Polio free country.

For the last 1-2 years, Nigeria have been waiting for the certificate as no case has been reported in the country so far but cases has been reported in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

As per latest report, Pakistan has 47 reported cases on 21/01/2021 and Afghanistan has 15 reported cases on 20/01/2021, she added.

She further stated that children all over the countries are at risk of contracting the disease if a single child is infected with polio virus.

Highlighting today's programme, she said that 40003 children would be taking 2 drops of polio vaccine at 391 different booth in Senapati district.

The vaccine given for immunization are bOPV and IPV starting as 0, I, II, III, booster with bOPVand I& II dose with IPV (atenuated polio virus) .

In today's programme, Th Kirankumar, IAS, DC, Senapati, Dr M Pfokreho, CMO, Senapati and Dr M Sokha-a, MS, DIO, Senapati gave two drops of polio vaccine to children below 5 years of age.

The programme was attended by DLO's, Medical officials, Health Workers from ASHA and others.

Meanwhile, Armstrong Pame, Deputy commissioner and Chairman of the District Health Society Tamenglong today launched the pulse polio programme for 2021 by administering polio drops to children less than five years of age at the residential bungalow of deputy commissioner, Tamenlong.

Dr Rajendra Kumar Singh, SRTL, WHO and Dr Chambo Gonmei, CMO, DMD/DHS, Tamenglong attended the program as Guest of honour and Function President of the program.

The countrywide immunisation programme was earlier scheduled to start from January 17, however, it was deferred due to the Covid-19 vaccination drive which started on January 16 .

The three-day polio vaccination drive will continue till 2 February.

The vaccination programme for the eradication of polio is organised twice a year.

Around 17 crore children of less than 5 years of age will be given polio drops as part of the drive of the government to sustain polio-free status of the country.

The countrywide drive will be supported by about 24 lakh volunteers, 1.5 lakh supervisors and many Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), WHO, UNICEF, Rotary, etc.

Healthcare workers will be visiting as many as 2 crore households to ensure that no child is left without the protection of the polio vaccine.


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