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1st Polio mop-up conducted in Kma, Dmp

Dr. V. Sekhose (left) administer first Polio Vaccine at Kohima. (right) DC Dimapur Maongwati administering the first polio drops at Dimapur Civil Hospital on Sunday. (NP)
Published on 17 Aug. 2008 10:35 PM IST
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In response to the directives of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to the state to carry out three mop-up rounds, Department of Health and Family Welfare conducted the first round of sub-national polio immunization on August 17 in the two districts of Dimapur and Kohima in view of polio case been detected in recent time at Dimapur. Vincent Belho, Branch Manager, FPA India, Nagaland Branch in a release said, the first polio drop was officially administered by DR. V. Sekhose, principal director, Health & Family Welfare at the FPA India, Nagaland Branch Polio Booth, near NSF Martyrs Park at 7:00 am amidst volunteers and officials on polio duty. Briefing the denizens on the disease, Vincent Belho said Poliomyelitis (Polio), a highly infectious disease caused by a virus invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age, but affects mainly children in the age group 0 to 5 years. Poliovirus is mainly passed through person-to-person contact. The virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). However, polio is a vaccine preventable disease and the support and cooperation of the community is important in the eradication of this crippling disease, he said. Lions IPPI Program: IPPI Program which was announced by the administration was well supported by Lions and Leo Club of Dimapur by putting up 6 (six) booths in the following parts of the city- Lions Health Centre, Midland, Plaza Point, Burma Camp, Duncan Bosti and G.S. Rd. PRO Lions Club, Ajay Sethi in a release said the program kick started with the first polio drops administered by Azheto Zhimomi, MLA from Dimapur III, at Lions Health Centre, Midland, Dimapur in presence of Lions, Leos and Public. All together 731 children were benefited today from this program across various booths held by Lions Club of Dimapur. G. K. Nair, chairman of the program thanked all members and the people in general who extended their support in making the program a success. Rotary Club Dimapur: In response to the governments' directive, Rotary Club of Dimapur supported the polio mop-up programme in Dimapur by putting up seven booths at Dhobinala Police Point, Westyard Colony, Murgi Patti, Bata Charali, Zakiesato colony, Dr Agarwal's Nursing Home and Medicare health Center. BB Chanda of Rotary Club administered the first polio drops at Dhobinala Police Point. Subsequently, the second and third mop up rounds will be held on September 7 and 28 respectively.

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