IMPHAL: The first phase of Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) Programme kick-started in the state from Sunday and aims to cover 3,14,286 children by January 21 in all 16 districts of the state.
The pulse polio immunization will cover about 3,14,286 children between the age of 0-5 years. A total of 3,205 polio booths will be opened across the State to facilitate administration of the vaccine to the children.
Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization is a campaign established by the Government of India to eliminate poliomyelitis (polio) in India by vaccinating all children under the age of 5-years against the polio virus. Polio is a communicable disease usually transmitted from person to person through infected fecal matter entering the mouth. It may also spread through contaminated food or water. Many people who are infected with the poliovirus don’t become sick and have no symptoms. However, those who do become ill develop paralysis, which can sometimes be fatal.
Dr K Rajo Singh, Director Health & Family Welfare today launched the programme at Directortae of Health & Family Welfare office Lamphelpat this morning.
Speaking to media persons during the media sensitization programme at the conference hall of the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Dr K Rajo said that all the polio booths set up in localities across the State will administer the oral polio vaccine to the children under the age of 0-5 years and appealed to the parents to bring their kids to the polio booths to get immunized oral polio vaccine on January 20. Oral polio vaccination will begin from 8 AM till 4 PM at the polio booths set up at different localities. Around 12,800 staffs comprising of Anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, para medical staffs will be engaged for the programme and all the Government health institutions/facilities will have special booths for polio vaccination on all the three days to ensure greater coverage, he added.
Although India had already been declared as polio free country in 2011, the country still requires to continue polio vaccination programme as there is still report of polio infected persons in neighboring countries like Pakistan, Bangaladesh and Myanmar. Polio vaccination programme is required in the country to prevent any possible return of the disease through contact with infected persons of those countries where polio is active, he added.
He said that staffs will move from house to house to immunize those left out kids.