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State gears up for polio immunisation on Jan. 19

By EMN Updated: Jan 17, 2020 12:22 am

Dimapur, Jan. 16 (EMN): Department of Health and Family Welfare is all geared up to administer polio drops to all eligible children from 0-5 years throughout the state in 2274 polio booths to be manned by 9096 health personnel and 441 supervisors along with vaccines and other logistics on January 19.

An update from the immunisation office, Dr. Ritu Thurr stated that special focus would be given to migrant population with an aim to prevent importation of polio cases.

“India has remained free of wild polio cases since January 2011 and India’s unprecedented progress against polio has led to certification of south east region including India by WHO in March 2014,” Thurr stated. He, however, stated that India remains at high risk of importation till the whole world is free of wild polio virus.

As per the recommendations of the India Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on polio, NIDs are to be conducted covering all the children in the age group 0-5 years of age using bOPV.

While thanking everyone for their past cooperation, the department appealed to all sections of the society, agencies (government and non-government including the security forces and police), organisations, churches, and community leaders and especially parents of children below 5 years of age to come forward and ensure that all eligible children receive the “two drops of life” on January 19.
“Let us together gift our children a polio free world,” Thurr implored.

By EMN Updated: Jan 17, 2020 12:22:04 am