Along with the rest of the country, Nagaland state observed the 1st round of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) on Sunday. The state-wide campaign was kicked-off by Menukhol John, commissioner and secretary, Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) who administered the first drops of OPV at a Polio booth set up at the High School Junction, Kohima at 7.30 am.
All children 0-5 years were administered polio drops in 2519 booths spread across the whole state. The campaign in the state was held with active participation from the district administrations, NGOs, Churches as well as general public. The department of health and family welfare will also be conducting house-to-house polio campaign throughout the State on January 11 and 12 to cover any non-immunized cases.
ADC Kohima, Zenituo Angami, representing the district administration, NGO representatives, as well as senior officials and staff of H&FW department also participated in the function.
Joint Director (UIP), Directorate of H & FW, Kohima, Dr. M. Kire, in a press note disclosed that since 1997, there had been no active Polio cases in the state of Nagaland.
DIMAPUR: Joining rest of the country Dimapur district observed the first round of Polio drops or IPPI at clock tower here on Sunday.
Since its inception in 1995, the state did not have any cases related to Polio said director of health services, Dr. N.T. Nakhro while administrating the first oral polio drop. However, he added that 195 cases have been registered since its inception in the country.
A total of 39995 children 0-5 years were administered polio drops in Dimapur district, while 505 vaccination booths were set up in various parts of the city during the first phase that was assisted by 2000 volunteers.
Meanwhile, the medical department would continue administering house to house polio drops to children starting from Monday.
On Sunday, vaccination booths numbering 236 were set up in Dimapur; Kuhuboto-28; Medziphema-52; Dhansiripar-44; Chumukedima-74 and Niuland-71.
Tuensang: 1st round Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization was observed in and around Tuensang town on Sunday. Altogether, 20 Polio booths were availed for the children in Tuensang where hundreds of children below 5 years were registered.
PHEK: Department of health and family welfare, Phek district conducted Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) for the children below 0 to 5 years on Sunday with the theme ‘Two Drops of Life… Let’s gift a Polio Free World to our children’.
A simple inaugural function was held at a District Civil Hospital at 7 am with Mikha Lomi, deputy commissioner Phek as chief guest who also gave the first dose of polio drops and Dr. Watikala, Joint Director (SPMO) Kohima as a State observer.
The programme was attended by official signatories including Dr. Tia Jamir (M.S.), Dr. Khriezatuo (DIO), Dr. Neisakho (DMO), Tarap (Dy. MIEO), Mhonchan (IEC, Media Officer), Aniele (BPM), and other health department staff.
Wokha: The 1st phase of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization was conducted in Wokha district on January 10 at the CMO’s office premises.
A small function was held under the theme ‘Lets promise to gift our children a Polio-free world ‘wherein Rev LK Tsanglao, Pastor Wokha Town Baptist Church pronounced the invocation prayer and CMO Dr NM Kithan administered the first drops in the district and Dr WN Ezung Deputy CMO and Dr Tumchobeni, DIC supervised the overall immunization programme.
A total of 176 polio booths 1 mobile unit, 5 transit points were set up in the district to administer polio drops. A house to house visit will also be carried out on January 11 and 12 by health workers in urban and rural areas.