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Large turnout in 1st phase of IPPI

A child being administered polio drops at Dimapur.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR:
Published on 12 Jan. 2009 12:43 AM IST
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Around 39,100 children were administered Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) in the first phase that was held at District Hospital, Dimapur, in presence of T.L Nakhro, director, health and family welfare. Speaking before a section of doctors and nurses including civil administration before administrating the drops, the director said ever since the 'booth coverage' started in 1995, the disease 'drastically' went down in the state and even in the country for which he termed the efforts in eradicating the disease had not gone in vain but have yielded "good result." Stating that not even a single case of 'Polio' was detected since 1997, Nakhro thanked all including Churches, NGOs, public leaders and individuals for contributing their shares in eradicating the disease which would have ultimately affect the society adversely. Challenging everyone present in the programme to be vigilant in eradicating the disease, the director said "When India could eradicate small box completely, Why can't Polio?" at the same time added the department would try to give 100 percent coverage by visiting every households during the month long immunization programme. The next round of immunization would be held on February 8. Earlier, the programme was chaired by CMO, Dimapur, Dr. K. Solo. The programme was attended by doctors, nurses and others. KOHIMA: Department of health and family welfare in Kohima launched the IPPI in its effort to eradicate Polio problem from Nagaland. Minister for health and family welfare Kuzoluzo Neinu, appreciating the active involvement of the community, elders and senior bureaucrats wished that the two precious drops would serve the purpose of saving the young lives, who officially administered the first Polio drop to the children early morning at a simple yet warm program in the state capital at Forest IPPI Booth. Reports pouring in from different quarters of the district reported satisfactory conduct of the Booth Immunization round while the door to door Immunization would carry on till January 13. MOKOKCHUNG: First phase of IPPI at Mokokchung was launched at Imlong Place where deputy commissioner Mokokchung Bendangkokba administered the first drop. The launching program was attended by additional director health and family welfare Dr. I. Meren, deputy director health and family welfare Dr. N. Meren, CMO Mokochung Dr. Sutsungkokba, representatives from the Indian Red Cross Society Mokokchung branch and Rotary Club members. Under the supervision of District Task Force, a total of 203 IPPI booths were set up at Mokokchung Sunday. All health workers, Anganwadi workers, volunteers from different social organizations like CYE, Watsu Members, MSS Members, Bharat Scout and Guides actively participated in the IPPI program. (Correspondent)

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