Pulse polio campaign launched in the across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/19/2020 9:22:29 AM IST

Along with the rest of the country, the intensified pulse polio immunization (IPPI) was launched at various districts of the state on January 19. IPPI is targeted for children between 0 to 5 years in the various booths set up in respective areas.  

Kohima: In Kohima, Thejawelie Gregory Sote, DC, officially launched the programme at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) on Sunday morning. DC recalled his experience when the first campaign and immunisation started in 90s and stated that the campaign for eradication of polio disease to this day had gone to a great extend. In the introductory note, the state immunisation officer (SIO), Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Ritu Thurr said the state had a target of 2, 77,283 beneficiaries with 2274 booth set across the entire state by deputing 9096 Front Line Health Workers (FLHW), and surveillance worker (SW), 441. Earlier, welcome address was delivered by MD, NHAK, Dr. Thorhusie Katiry. The first polio was administered by the Kohima deputy commissioner to a three-year old girl child. (Correspondent)

Dimapur: In Dimapur,  V. Lovitoly Sema, ADC launched the Polio Sunday by administering the first two drops of polio. Chief medical officer (CMO) Dimapur Dr. T. Pangjung Sangtam, delivered the keynote address. He stated that to vaccinate 43355 children in Dimapur district, 519 booths will be set up across the district with 2076 teams of vaccinators and 102 supervisors. Dr. Rebecca Y. Sema chaired the inaugural function, while LHV Xetoli Assumi led in prayer.  Other officials present during the IPPI launching function were EAC (Hq) Dimapur, Tsidi, Dr. Antoly Suu, DCMO, Dr. Benchilo, DTO, Dr. Heto, ZLO, Dr. Imtiwabong, DVBDO, Dr. Lydia, AYUSH, Dr. Sendongyanger, MO AYUSH, and staff under CMO Dimapur.

Wokha: In Wokha, the IPPI programme was launched by Dr. C.W. Tungoe, chief medical officer (CMO) Wokha on January 19 at CMO office. A press release from CMO office stated that, Dr. C.W. Tungoe while giving the keynote address, stressed on the importance of immunization. Wokha district is observing polio Sunday to immunize 10,003 to be covered by 200 IPPI booths which includes 30 hard to reach areas. Dr. Tungoe later administered the first drop of polio in the presence of deputy CMO, DPO (RCH/UIP), ZLO, beneficiaries and medical staffs.

Mon: IPPI was launched at District Hospital Mon under the theme “let the victory over polio continue with two drops of life” targeting 24461 children. A press release from NHM Mon media officer Leeyan Chemshy stated that, in order not to miss out any children 298 regular booths were set up covering 136 villages under Mon district. 70 supervisors were assigned led by Dr Akaba Jamir, dy director DH&FW Kohima. The youths of Konyak Baptist Church Mon (KBCM), Assam Rifles, GREF were also part of the team as volunteers by administering polio drops. Inaugural programme started off with a word of prayer by chaplin DH David Konyak, welcome address by Dr Limatula Aier DVBO, Mon. Dr Akaba Jamir dy director DH&FW Kohima, state monitor, briefed on the history of how IPPI was started.

Special guest deputy commissioner Thavaseelan K elucidated on polio and the necessity to take preventive measures by accepting the vaccine to do away with the disease. He requested all the parents to avail the facility which the government was providing free of cost. Programme was chaired by Dr Sashinle Tep DPO (UIP &RCH) and the first polio drop was administered by DC to a new born baby at the hospital.

Longleng: IPPI in Longleng was launched by deputy commisioner M Shayung Phom, superintendent of Police Yanithung Ezung, and Dr Longai Phom deputy director Health and Family Welfare Kohima at NST junction. 

A press release from NHM district media officer, Roseline stated that, Dr Imnameren Phom DPO (RCH/UIP) gave the keynote address and said that no children below the age of 5 years should be left without immunizing.

Deputy commissioner Longleng M Shayung Phom in his short speech urged upon all the parents to ensure that their child is given polio and also to sensitize and encourage their friends and neighbors to immunize their child. He also appealed to all the NGOs to extend their helping hands to the medical department.  

The first polio drop was administered by DC followed by SP Longleng, Dr Longai Phom deputy director Kohima and Dr Imnameren Phom DPO (RCH/UIP). 

Short speeches were delivered by Yanithung Ezung SP Longleng and Dr Longai Phom deputy director Health and Family Welfare Kohima. The program was led by Dr Sungtiben Amlari DPM (QA) and was attended by all the NGOs, ward presidents, medical staffs and beneficiaries. District is all geared up to administer polio drops to over 3417 eligible children in four blocks, with 61 polio booths, 13 supervisors, 187 manpower, 2 transit point and 8 mobile team. 

Tuensang: In Tuensang, the DC Kumar Kamnikant launched the programme by administering two drops of pulse polio to a child at Tower Clock Junction, in the presence of Dr. Thungchanpani Patton, DPO (UIP & RCH), Dr.Neisakho Kere, dy. director (NVBDCP), state monitoring team from Kohima, Dr. Imliyatet MO (UPHC) and CMO staff. A press release from NHM media officer, Apheang stated that, Dr. Thungchanpani Patton, DPO, UIP & RCH, reported that 235 polio booth centres were set up across the district to cover 12,013 targeted children. 

173 Bn CRPF: The unit organized pulse polio immunization programme at Bn Hqr at Airfield, Dimapur and Chumukedima village. The programme was attended by Syamchand De, DIGP (Ops) CRPF Kohima along with Vishnu Gautam, Commandant 173 Bn CRPF and the unit medical team.  Around 120 children were given polio dose.

Phek: In Phek, a short inaugural programme was held at District Hospital Phek wherein district immunization officer Phek Dr.Kolhitso Khalo, appealed the health workers to extent full support to polio campaign and expressed optimism that polio can be eradicated.  

Phek has set up 195 polio booths across the district targeting total beneficiaries of 10319 children. The programme was attended by doctors and nurses, NHM staffs and program officers of the district.  

Zunheboto: Peter Lichamo, DC inaugurated and administered the first polio drop. Peter Lichamo, in his address, stressed about importance of vaccination and motivated parents and health workers to be ambassador to create awareness about different activities carried out by medical department. He further encouraged health workers to work with dedication and sincerity.  Inaugural function was chaired by DPM, Vitoli, while  DPO (RCH & UIP), CMO, Zunheboto Dr. Alemwapang Aier, delivered the key note address. 

Kiphire: Kiphire district conducted IPPI launched by deputy commissioner Kiphire, Sarita Yadav followed by administering the 1st dose of polio vaccine. DC Kiphire encouraged the district level health department officials and front line health workers to once again dedicate the services to the beneficiaries, to reach out to all the children. District has an estimate of 5183 children of 0-5 years age for vaccination to be covered by 149 team and 598 team members. Dr. E. Motsuthung Patton, CMO Kiphire gave the welcome address, keynote address was delivered by Dr. K. Pewezo. Khalo, DPO (RCH/UIP) and the programme was chaired by Limawati C. Sangtam, DPM (DPMU). The launching programme was attended by Dr. Bendangsenla Ao, medical superintendent & nurses of DH Kiphire, Tsangkhuchu Sangtam, DWO, ICDS & AWWs, UNDP, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Poshan Abhiyan and NGOs.

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