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POLIO FREE WORLD: 1st Round of IPPI on January 17

•    Over 2.3 Iakh eligible children
•    2,308 Polio Booths
•    9,232 Vaccinators
•    462 Supervisors
•    Special focus on migrant population


Kohima, January 14 (MExN): The Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland has made an appeal to all sections of the people, agencies (Government and Non- Government including the security forces and police), organizations, churches and community leaders and especially parents of children below 5 years to come forward and ensure that all eligible children receive the ‘Two Drops of Life’ (Polio Drops) on January 17.


Nagaland, along with other states in India will conduct the 1st Round of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization on Sunday, January 17. The Department of Health & Family Welfare is all geared up to administer Polio drops to over 2.3 Iakh eligible children from 0-5 years throughout the state in 2,308 Polio Booths to be manned by 9,232 vaccinators and 462 supervisors along with vaccines and other logistics. Special focus will be given to migrant population with an aim to prevent importation of Polio cases.


While thanking everyone for their past cooperation, Dr. Sukhato A Sema Mission Director, NHM Health & Family Welfare in a press release added, “Lets us together gift our children a ‘Polio Free World’.”


Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) 2016 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.


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 tOPV.


For any further information contact nearest Health Centre or the chief Medical Officer/District Programme Officer (RCH & UIP) of the district concerned.


Dimapur district gears up for IPPI 2016


Dimapur, January 14 (MExN): The first round of ‘IPPI’ Polio Sunday will be held on January 17 in Dimapur District. All parents are requested to bring their Children aged 0-5 years to the nearest Polio Booth in their locality for Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) starting from 7 AM to 3 PM. The Department would also appeal to all concerned citizens to mobilize children to avail the Polio Drops.


Chief Medical Officer Dimapur Dr. M.A.Wati in a press release said, “the department acknowledges the constant support and co-operation from your esteemed daily and appeals once again for your full co-operation and support for successful implementation of the programme.”


Meanwhile, a meeting by District Task Force on Immunization for IPPI and WIFS Advisory Committee for National Deworming Day was held at DC’s Conference Hall Dimapur on January 14.Kesonyu Yhome, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur and Chairman DTFI welcome all the members.


Dr. Lanuakum, DPO (RCH/UIP) Dimapur gave a detailed presentation on the global scenario on Polio and the plan of action for IPPI 2016 in Dimapur District. During his presentation, DPO, (UIP/RCH) stated that the target population for IPPI 2016 is 53167 children between the ages of 0-5 years. A total of 512 booths will be set up across the District to administer polio vaccine on IPPI Sunday on January 17. He further stated that though polio has not been reported in the country in the recent years, the re-occurrence of polio is still a possibility. The focus would be on mainly migrant population and the slums areas. He also oriented the members on the performance status of Routine Immunization in the District.


DPO, (UIP/RCH) also oriented the members on the upcoming National Deworming Day to be observed all over the country including our state on February 10, followed by a Mop Up Day on 15th Feb. 2016 to give coverage to those children who were left out on February 10. Anganwadi Centers and Schools both (Government & Privates) will be the implementation sites of National Deworming Day across the country.


Kesonyu Yhome, IAS, Deputy Commissioner and Chairman DTFI emphasized the importance of co-ordination between the Stakeholders for the success of the program. He further suggested that simple and easy to understand instructions should be given to AWWs and ASHAs for better implementation and reporting of the program.
Dr. Antoly, Dy.CMO Dimapur delivered the vote of thanks. The meeting was attended by Dr. M.A. Wati, CMO, District welfare officer, DPO (ICDS), CDPO’s, JEO, EBRC Coordinators (Education Department), DPRO, and Stakeholders from various Departments in the District.

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