by NEWSNER , 2021-02-01 13:33:12
Along with the remainder of India, Nagaland on Sunday began the three-day Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) drive with over 2000 immunisation booths being found out across the state where over 1.5 lakh children (0-5 years) are expected to be immunised.
In his brief address at the formal launch of the National
Immunisation Day (NID) at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) principal director, Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie acknowledged that polio was a dreadful disease and involved making the immunisation drive an enormous success within the State.
He said India had already been declared polio-free in 2011 which World Health Organisation had certified an equivalent in 2014. Dr Suokhrie appealed to people to fight against polio by giving the polio immunisation vaccine to children and make the planet freed from polio.
He remarked that the robust healthcare system of India was evident within the country’s fight against COVID-19. Dr Suokhrie also administered the primary polio drop to 3-year-old Vikhiesier Sachü at NHAK.
Officials like NHM director, Dr Kevichusa Medikhru, DC Kohima Gregory Thejawelie et al. attended the programme. The programme was chaired by NHAK director Dr Thorüsie Katiry.
Around 89 lakh children under five years aged, as per provisional data, got polio drops across the country on Sunday on the occasion of Polio National Immunization Day, also referred to as ‘Polio Ravivar’, the Union health ministry said. The vaccination was done at around 7 lakh booths which were staffed with 12 lakh vaccinators and 1.8 lakh supervisors.
“The booth activity is going to be followed by house-to-house surveillance (mop-up rounds) over subsequent two to 5 days to spot and vaccinate children who missed getting vaccinated at the booths,” the ministry said.
Vaccination teams have also been deployed at bus terminals, railway stations, airports and ferry crossing to vaccinate children in transit to make sure no child misses the life-saving dose.
Speaking at a function on the eve of the National Immunization Day, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said, “Maintaining a polio-free status for 10 years may be a huge accomplishment within the history of public health in India.”
He also highlighted government efforts and actions to strengthen routine immunization to make sure that no child suffers from a vaccine-preventable disease.
President Ram Nath Kovind had launched the National Polio Immunisation Day for 2021 by administering polio drops to children but five years aged at Rashtrapati Bhawan on January 30.
India has been freed from polio for a decade, with the last case of untamed poliovirus reported on January 13, 2011. The country, however, continues to stay vigilant to stop re-entry of poliovirus into the country from neighbouring countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where wild poliovirus continues to cause diseases, the ministry said in its statement.
India conducts one nationwide National Immunisation Day (NID) and two Sub-National Immunization Days (SNIDs) for polio per annum to take care of population immunity against wild poliovirus and to sustain its polio-free status.