From A Reporter
Shillong, Jan 30: Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad administered oral polio drops during the launching of Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) 2018 at District Maternity and Child Hospital, Tura in West Garo Hills district on Tuesday. The programme was organised by District Medical and Health Officer, Tura. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor urged all medical practitioners and paramedical staff to provide more facilities to the underprivileged sections of the society, especially in rural areas, and also to sensitise the people and spread awareness about the significance of immunisation against various diseases. He also advised parents and caretakers to give importance to immunisation programmes provided by the Health department for safety of their children against diseases.
Prasad added that dedicating their valuable service to improve the health scerio of the people in villages will ensure healthy society and thereby contribute towards the progress and prosperity of the tion in general and region in particular.
During the function, prizes were also distributed to winners of Martyrs’ Day Run held at Tura on Tuesday morning to commemorate the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Earlier in the programme, Dr Ivory A Sangma highlighted the importance of immunisation while presenting a brief status report and aims and objectives of the immunisation programme being organised in West Garo Hills district. She also informed the gathering that the district has covered about 51.4% of children on the booth activity day and hopes to cover 100% during house-to-house visit for the next two days for missed-out children in the district.
Others who spoke on the occasion include West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh and District Medical and Health Officer Dr MR Sangma. Superintendent of Police Dr R Kumar, heads of departments, officials of District Maternity and Child Hospital, other dignitaries, parents and children were present on the occasion.