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Second round of IPPI conducted
Published on 9 Feb. 2009 1:30 AM IST
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House to house IMmunization till February 10 Second round of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) programme for 2009 was conducted Sunday throughout the state with more than 80% coverage reported from five districts. The house to house visit would be conducted till Tuesday and was expected to cover more than 90% in this round of polio vaccination. State minister for health and family welfare, Khuzuluzo Nienu launched the first round of IPPI for the year on January 11, where the State registered coverage of 88.8%. The directorate of health services and family welfare officials emphasized on the need to focus polio vaccination to migrant populace who had been reported as bridge population in the State and extra effort were made to reach places like quarries and places where migrants were concentrated. It must be mentioned that five countries had officially reported new wild polio virus cases as of December 30, 2008 (WHO source). Whereas India reported a total of 68 P1 and 481 P3 cases as of January 2, 2009. WOKHA: Second phase of IPPI was also conducted at Wokha on Sunday. The programme was supervised by chief medical officer Dr. N. Mhabemo Kithan, Dr. W.N Ezung deputy CMO, Wokha and DR. Tumchobeni DIO Wokha. A press release issued by NRHM media officer Mhonbeni Ezung stated that 173 booths were set up with five transit point and mobile teams. Health workers and volunteers have been assigned to carry out house to house polio immunization on second and third day after the immunization was conducted. MOKOKCHUNG: The second phase of IPPI was conducted in Mokokchung with deputy commissioner Bendangkokba who administered the first polio drops at Imlong place. Under the supervision of the District Task Force, 213 Polio booths were set up and were carried out successfully through the active support of the Indian Red Cross Society Mokokchung, Rotary Club Mokokchung and volunteers from different social organizations like CYE, Watsu members, MSS members and Bharat scout and guides. According to chief medical officer Mokokchung Dr. Sutsungkokba, additional director of health and family welfare Dr. Imtimeren, also supervised and monitored the performance of village health workers, ASHAs, and Anganwadi workers. The IEC Bureau in co-ordination with the district immunization officer and DPRO made the announcements covering all the villages and towns through PA system.

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