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IPPI conducted to cover estimated 2.6 lac children
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Jan. 2011 12:42 AM IST
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Altogether, 40,111 children in the age-group 0-5 years in Dimapur district alone were administered first phase of the pulse polio immunisation (IPPI) programme on Sunday. A total of 494 polio booths were set up in different locations for IPPI.
Launching the programme at district hospital, director of health services L. Nakhro said since 1997 there had been no report of polio cases in Nagaland. This achievement in eradicating polio to a great extent was made possible due to the cooperation rendered by various NGOs and health workers, Nakhro said.
However, among the three types of polio, i.e., p1, p2 and p3, p2 was reported to be done away with, but p1 and p3 still existed specially in developing countries like India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. He highlighted that as per report in 1995 in India, 3265 cases of polio was reported and as of January 2010, only 42 cases were reported. Nakhro said until polio was eradicated, the health department would continue conducting IPPI.
Since Dimapur is the transit point and most vulnerable place where immigrants, truckers, businessmen come in, Nakhro said special consideration has to be given to Dimapur. For this, he sought the cooperation from health workers and NGOs.
Earlier, Nakhro administered the first polio drop to a child after launching the programme. District Immunization Officer Dimapur, Dr. Chelie, CMO Dr. Sukhato and medical fraternity were among others who attended the launching programme.
Kohima: Polio Sunday was officially launched in Kohima by Dr. V. Sekhose, Principal Director, department of health and family welfare, who administered the first OPV drops at the premises of Naga Hospital Authority Kohima. Others present for the function were Dr. Imtimeren, Director (Family Welfare), senior officials of the department, Kohima District CMO and officers and MS and other officers of NHAK. A total of 2604 Polio booths were set up in all districts of the state which were manned by 10416 vaccinators and 521 supervisors along with vaccines to administer polio vaccine. The campaign is expected to cover estimated 2.6 lakh children throughout the state.
Mokokchung: IPPI in Mokokchung was launched at Imlong Place on Sunday by R Asenla Kietzar, ADC & MMC Administrator, Mokokchung who also administered the first polio drops. Speaking before district officials and volunteers, the ADC said “By giving two drops of polio, we are saving the life of our future generation and our society”. Under the supervision of district task force, a total no. of 200 polio booths was set up under Mokokchung district.
The programme was carried out successfully through the active support and participation of the health workers, Indian Red Cross Society of Mokokchung, Rotary Club of Mokokchung, Christian Youth Endeavour members from different churches, ASHAs, MSS, Anganwadi Workers, VHCs and Ward/Village Chairmen.
Volunteers would be conducting house to house visit on January 24 and 25 covering both urban and rural areas. Supervisions were also carried out by the state observer – Dr. N Meren (joint director, directorate of H & FW), CMO Mokokchung, deputy CMO Mokokchung and the medical officers in their respective health units.
Tuensang: Deputy Commissioner Tuensang Y.L. Jami on Sunday emphasized on importance of free polio drops to the children from across the state as well as country. Speaking at a brief function of first round of IPPI, on Sunday at district hospital Tuensang, Jami, said though Polio immunization was not a new thing, he called upon medical department to seriously monitor polio for children in order to complete their courses. He also called upon medical department to organize seminar on free polio so that people could recognize the activities of IPPI. Y.L. Jami also urged the department to give coverage rural villages.
Wokha: In Wokha, 22,566 children were administered polio drops at the premises of chief medical office on the theme ‘Lets promise to gift our children a polio-free world’. CMO Dr. N.M Kithan administered the first drop in the presence of Dr. W. N Ezung deputy chief medical officer, Dr. Tumchobeni DIO, and Dr. Motsunthung ZLO. Dr. Zuben DBO supervised the overall immunization programme in the district.
A total of 178 polio booth, one mobile unit, five transit points were set up along with 42 supervisors, 732 health workers were deployed in the district to administer the immunization programme. House to house visit would be conducted on January 24 and 25.
Zunheboto: First round of IPPI was launched in Zunheboto on January 23. Inaugural function was held at CMO’s office premises with DC Zunheboto, Kiheto as chief guest who administered the first polio drops and officially launched the polio booths. A total of 205 booths were set up in the district to immunize a targeted population of 21,500 children from the age group of 0-5 years. To ensure that not a single child was missed out, 47 supervisors comprising of doctors and paramedical workers were appointed to carry out inspections of booths along with random house to house checking.
Dr. Hotokhu Chishi, deputy director, department of health and family welfare who was also the observer for the district from the department exhorted about the programme.

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