FROM A CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Jan 29: Health & Family Welfare Special Secretary, Dr Tapasya Raghav on Sunday launched the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) campaign in the State by administering polio drops to a child at the Borum health sub-centre in Papum Pare district.
Speaking after launching the immunization programme, Dr Raghav, who is also the mission director of the tiol Health Mission, expressed appreciation for all the mothers who brought their children to the polio booth for vaccition.
She also highlighted the Measles Rubella Vaccition Campaign (MRVC) which will be launched on 1 February, targeting children aged 9 months to below 15 years.
Dr Raghav encouraged the mothers and the public present on the occasion to voluntarily participate in the MRVC in order to achieve 100% immunization coverage on time. She asked the district health authorities to organize routine outreach sessions at religious centres and institutions.
Later, Dr Raghav interacted with the mothers and clarified their doubts and misconceptions with regard to the IPPI and the MRVC.
Family Welfare Director Dr Kabang Lego spoke on the effectiveness of the polio vaccine. Stating that oral polio vaccine has no side effects and is used all over the world to protect children from polio, Dr Lego advised mothers to get their children vaccited against the polio virus.
Earlier, Papum Pare DMO Dr Subu Tasso Kampu highlighted the district’s preparedness for the IPPI and the MRVC.
Representatives from the WHO and the UNICEF, and health officials of the district were present during the launch programme, an official release informed here today.