Polio drops administered to over 17 lakh children across State

Polio drops being administered to a child in Srinagar —Excelsior/Shakeel
Polio drops being administered to a child in Srinagar —Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 10: Around 87 per cent (17,45,436) children were administered polio drops at the booths established across the State on the end of day-1 of the National Immunization Day (Polio Ravivaar).
At Jammu, National Immunization Day (Polio Ravivaar) was inaugurated by Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department at Gandhi Nagar Hospital, Jammu in presence of other Officers of the Department.
Dr Arun Sharma, Director Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization J&K, Dr Samir Mattoo, Director Health Services Jammu and Bhupinder Kumar, Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K were also present on the occasion.
A targeted population of more than 20 lakh children from 0-5 years will be administered polio drops. In the first day there was booth activity and on 2nd and 3rd day teams will be visiting houses for coverage of left out and dropouts. A total of 11527 booths with 46108 trained health workers all over the State are deployed to man the booths and hold door to door campaign along with 200 mobile and 200 transit teams. Adequate quantity of pulse polio doses (vaccine) has been kept available at the designated booths of the State.
As per the reports at the end of the day one, 87 per cent (17,45,436) children were administered polio drops at the booths established all over the State.
At Doda near about 75000 children below 5 years of age were administered oral polio drops across the district. District Development Commissioner Dr Sagar D Doifode inaugurated the IPPI programme by administering polio drops to children at District Hospital, Doda.

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At Kishtwar, Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana inaugurated the campaign in presence of Chief Medical Officer, Kishtwar Dr Abdul Majeed, Dy. CMO Kishtwar Dr Yaqoob besides Doctors and Paramedical staff. “The Pulse Polio programme will provide oral polio drops to about 40914 children across the district for which 373 Polio booths has been established in the district”, DC said.
At Kathua, Deputy Commissioner Rohit Khajuria inaugurated the campaign administered polio drops to the children at District Hospital and informed that the department had established 580 booths across the district. Of this, 92 would be in high risk areas of the district.
At Reasi, Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Indu Kanwal Chib administered polio drops to kids at the hospital. The drive aims to target 63932 kids, of 0-5 years of age, of the district. Left-out kids are to be immunized through door-to-door campaign.
At Udhampur, District Development Commissioner Dr. Piyush Singla launched the first round of Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI), campaign 2018-19 and administered a polio drops to a baby at District Hospital Udhampur. The programme was organized by District Health Society Udhampur. Speaking on the occasion, the DDC informed that as many as 540 vaccination booths are setup in different parts of the district to cover 87667 children of 0-5 years for vaccination. Meanwhile, pulse polio camp was organized by PH Department of Udhampur in collaboration with 137 Battalion CRPF Udhampur at Jakhani Chowk. Mohammad Khalid Khan, Commandant 137 Battalion CRPF Udhampur inaugurated the camp by administering polio drops to few infants. BS Baliyan, Second-in-Command, Tejinder Kaur, Second-in-Command and Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commandant of CPRF were present. Many officials of the Public Health Department namely Bodh Raj Sharma, CHO, Lalita Manhas were also present.
At Nowshera, children from 0 to 5 years of age were administered polio drops at Sub District Hospital under the privilege of Dr Mohinder Sharma Block Medical Officer Nowshera. Vinod Sharma, Senior Vice President All J&K Handicapped Welfare Association District Rajouri and Social worker inaugurated the programme. BMO Nowshera briefed that 66 polio booths have been installed in whole Nowshera block Nowshera to achieve the target 15930 children.
At Mendhar, IPPI programme was inaugurated by Dr Sahil Jandyal Sub Divisional Magistrate Mendhar in presence of Dr Parvaiz Ahmed Khan Block Medical Officer Mendhar. A total of 23456 will be administered polio drops during the programme.
At Ramban, Deputy Commissioner, Showkat Aijaz Bhat inaugurated IPPI programme at District Hospital (DH) Ramban. CMO, Dr. Safi-u-din Khan, Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Bahat, BMOs, and staff members of DH were present on the occasion. DDC informed that the anti-polio drive was carried out in the district today in which about 65000 children upto 5 years of age were administered polio vaccines. He further disclosed that 416 vaccination booths have been established across the 4 medical blocks of the district including Gool, Ukhral, Batote and Banihal with a deployment of officials of different departments. Similar drive was also carried out in far-flung and snow bound areas of district like Mahu and Mangit of Banihal block.
At Srinagar, Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary launched the IPPI programme in the district. The programme was launched at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial (JLNM) Hospital at Rainawari here where the DC administered polio drops to several children. Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Kunzes Dolma, CMO Srinagar Dr Talat Jabeen, MS JLNM Hospital among other officers were also present on the occasion. Over 1,65,500 children were administered the vaccination at about 88 percent achievement at the end of the launch day on Sunday.
At Anantnag, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Khalid Jehangir inaugurated IPPI programme at Maternity and Child Care Hospital Sherbagh by administering pulse polio vaccination drops to newly born infants in presence of CMO, Depputy CMO and other officials. Deputy CMO Anantnag on the occasion informed that 139239 children in the age group of 0-5 years were administered pulse polio drops in the district.
At Bandipora, DDC Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza inaugurated IPPI programme by administering drops to a child at District Hospital Bandipora. CMO Dr Tajamul, Medical Superintendent Syed-ur-Rehman and staff members of DH were present on the occasion. DDC informed that the anti-polio drive was carried out in the district in which about 61000 children upto 5 years of age were administered polio vaccines. He said vaccination booths were established across the district including in snow bound Gurez Valley with a deployment of officials of different departments.
At Ganderbal, Deputy Commissioner Hashmat Ali Khan kick-started the IPPI programme at District Hospital, Ganderbal by administering the anti-polio drops to a newborn baby. CMO Ganderbal, DHO, Deputy CMO Ganderbal, DIO, MS SDH, and BMO Ganderbal were also present on the occasion. It was informed that 46082 lakh children up to 5 years-of-age were covered under the programme.
At Budgam, Dr. Bilal Mohi-U-Din Bhat, IAS Probationer inaugurated the first phase of pulse polio programme at Chief Medical Officer’s Office, Budgam by administering Polio drops to children up to 5 years of age. CMO Budgam Dr Nazir Ahmad, Deputy CMO Budgam, Dr Tehmeena Bukhari, Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Budgam, Dr Deeba, DTO, DIO, DPMU and other staff were also present on the occasion. Deputy CMO said that 104867 children up to 0-5 year’s age group were covered under Pulse Polio Immunization Programme in District Budgam.
At Shopian, Additional District Development Commissioner, Muhammad Saleem Malik accompanied by CMO Shopian, Dr Abdul Rashid inaugurated the pulse polio immunization drive by administering oral polio vaccine to a new-born baby at the District Hospital Shopian. Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Medical Superintendent Shopian, District Immunization Officer, Block Medical Officer Shopian, and officials of health department were present on the occasion. It was given that a total of 240 pulse polio booths were setup in the district across all its Tehsils targeting a population of 42757 children up to age under 0-5 years group. The IPPI programme was also held at SDH Keller and CHC Zainapora blocks where Block Medical Officers inaugurate the vaccination programme.
At Pulwama, Additional Deputy Commissioner Chowdray Mohammad Yaseen inaugurated the anti-polio drive at Old Hospital Pulwama. CMO Pulwama Dr Mohammad Jaffar and other officers of the Health Department were present on the occasion. 93629 children in the age group of 0-5 years were covered under the IPPI-2019 in the district. The IPPI programme was also held at SDH Tral, SDH Pampore, Community Health Centre Rajpora and all Medical Blocks of District.
At Kulgam, Additional Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Hassan Shiekh launched the IPPI programme in the district by administering polio drops to several children at District Hospital Kulgam. CMO Kulgam, Medical Superintendent District Hospital Kulgam, Deputy CMO and other staff from Health Department was present on the occasion. During the campaign, 87400 children up to 5 years-of-age were covered under the pulse polio immunization programme in the district.
At Kupwara, Chief Medical Officer Kupwara Dr Prehlard Singh inaugurated the Pulse Polio immunization drive by administering Oral Polio vaccine to a baby in the District Hospital Kupwara.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Medical Superintendent, District Immunization Officer, DMEIO, other officers and officials were also present on the occasion. It was informed that a total of 136600 children were covered during the Ist phase of the IPPI in district.
At Baramulla, District Development Commissioner, Dr GN Itoo inaugurated the Pulse Polio Immunization drive by administering Oral Polio vaccine to a baby that was born just two hours before in the District Hospital Baramulla. President Municipal Council Baramulla Omar Kakroo and other officers and officials were also present on the occasion. It was informed that a total of 1,60,185 children were covered during the Ist phase of the IPPI in district Baramulla. Moreover polio both was also established in the slum area of Baramulla where CMO accompanied by President Municipal Council Baramulla and Dy CMO inaugurated the drive.
At Bijbehara, IPPI programme was organized by J&K Humanity Welfare Organization Helpline. Around 350 children traveling in various vehicles were immunized by the volunteers of HWOHL, Childline Anantnag team and animators of child friendly spaces established by UNICEF India. The children of migrant labourers and children playing in Pashahi Bagh Park were also covered.
At Kargil, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC Kargil Baseer-ul-Haq Choudhary kick started the IPPI programme in the district by administering polio drops to children at Community Health Centre Sankoo. Superintendent of Police Kargil Dr Vinod Kumar, Chief Medical Officer Kargil Dr Ibrahim Khan, Block Medical Officer Sankoo Dr Munawar Hussain Wazir, former Councilor Sankoo Aga Syed Abbass Razvi besides doctors and paramedics were present on the occasion. As many as 382 vaccination booths were set up in different parts of the district to vaccinate 16505 children from 0 to 5 years. Vaccines were already dispatched to all blocks and snowbound areas of the district including Drass and Zanskar.
At Leh, Executive Councilor for Health Tsering Sandup inaugurated the IPPI programme at SNM
Hospital by administering anti polio drop to a 10 hours old baby. Chief Medical Officer, Leh Dr, Motup Dorjay apprised EC Health that Leh district has a target population of 11,390 children of the age group of 0-5 years that included 10,492 local and 898 non local. On the occasion, Medical Superintendent, SNM Hospital Dr Tsering Samphel and senior doctors were also present.