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Azo lauds Rotarians for IPPI; Asks NGOs to join hands with Govt on health services

(L-R) Dr. D.R. Sharma, Dr. Yogesh Verma, Minister for health and family welfare Kuzholuzo Neinu, director health and family welfare Dr. T. Lhouvi Nakhro and DG Ashok Agarwal, at District Polio Orientation & Planning meet, Zion Hospital Dimapur on Sunday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPt 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Sep. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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Minister for health and family welfare, Küzholüzo (Azo) Neinu on Sunday said a collective venture of various NGOs involved in health services and the state government was needed for Nagaland to achieve improved quality health services within the next ten years.
Speaking as the chief guest at a day-long district polio orientation and planning meet at the conference hall, Zion Hospital and Research Centre Dimapur, hosted by Rotary Club, Azo opined that efforts to deliver basic health care in the state were often hampered by rise of emerging health challenges such as HIV and AIDS, H1N1,JE, life style diseases etc.
Pointing out that such ailments coupled with communicable diseases like malaria and TB posed a potential risk of undermining health based developmental progress., the health minister called upon the Rotarians, NGOs, health workers and GBs present at the meeting, to join hands in meeting the challenges posed on the health sector.
Azo asserted that as the state government had great concern for the well being of the people, it has included health to its manifesto.
He also said the initiatives of the state government in providing better health services to the people was evident through the reduction in infant and maternal morbidity and mortality rates.
Lauding the Rotary Club for its world-wide contribution in eliminating polio, Azo said that Rotarians, since the inception of the project in 1985, had contributed over $850 million and thousands of volunteers, which ultimately led to the immunization of more than two billion of the world’s children.
“It is very commendable and encouraging to learn that the Rotary Clubs in the state has also initiated various activities in the same spirit,” he said.
He observed that initiatives like the provision of safe drinking water, water conservation, orphanage support, Smile project, Heart-to-Heart project and the hearse project, which were recently launched at Kohima by Rotary Club of Kohima, have won the hearts of many people.
The minister further stated that Rotary Club of Dimapur had brought benefits to many lives with their initiatives, and that it was through their support and participation, that the state was free from polio in 1997.
Azo also enrolled himself in the Rotary Club as a new member on the occasion.
Meanwhile, the guest of honour at the meeting, health and family welfare director T. Lhouvi Nakhro confirmed that ever since the IPPI was launched in Nagaland, along with the co-operation with various NGOs and individuals, there has been a huge decline in polio cases.
Stating that during 1994-97, not a single polio case was reported in the state, Nakhro asserted that the state was close to eradicating the illness.
NCM Siddhartha Bose of National Polio Committee, in his opening remark, disclosed that the global polio scenario declined from 1609 to 663 between 2009-10 alone, and in the case of India, a downward trend by 88% in the current year.
Although polio cases have declined, the virus has not disappeared completely, the NCM informed.
He also disclosed that 15 P1 (the deadliest form of polio) cases and 22 P3 cases were found in India and efforts were being put up to make the country polio-free.
Dr. Dipankar Mukherjee NPSP (WHO) also gave a brief address on polio eradication programme and said there has been an enormous decline of polio cases India in 1998-2010.
Observing the declining trend in India, Dr. Dipankar said there was no doubt India was close to eradicating polio.
A brief report on Rotary’s role in polio plus programme was delivered by DG Ashok Agarwal.

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