Three-day long Pulse Polio Immunization Prog commences across State

Commissioner Secretary Health Dr M K Bhandari administering drop to a child in Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar on Sunday.
Commissioner Secretary Health Dr M K Bhandari administering drop to a child in Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 17: Three-day long Pulse Polio Immunization Programme (IPPI) on the theme “Let’s make efforts today and Ensure Polio stays away” commenced across the State, in which thousands of children under the age of 5 years were administered polio drops at pulse polio centres being set up by the administration at various locations in the Jammu and Kashmir.
In Jammu Division, around 715011 children were vaccinated and in Kashmir Division, around 940918 children were immunized polio drops.
The first phase of Pulse Polio campaign for this year was launched by Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education Department Dr MK Bhandari at Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar.
More than 11,000 booths have been set up in the State with over 25 lakh doses being made available for the children. For this, about 45,000 workers from the health and allied departments have been primed.
Director Health Services Jammu Dr BS Pathania, Mission Director NHM Dr Mohan Singh, Director Family Welfare J&K Dr Baldev Sharma, Project Director JKSACS Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Chief Medical Officer Dr Robinder Khajuria, Medical Superintendent Dr Younis Choudhary among other dignitaries, officials and staff members were also present on the occasion.
RS PURA: Member Legi-slative Assembly (MLA) RS Pura and Political Advisor to State BJP President Dr Gagan Bhagat started the first phase of the three-day intensified Pulse Polio immunization drive at RS Pura Community Health Centre.
UDHAMPUR: An Inten-sive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) drive commenced at District Hospital. Joint Director Planning, Rakesh Jamwal, inaugurated the drive. Chief Medical Officer, Dr Chander Parkash, informed that 543 vaccination booths have been setup to cover 87116 children of 0-5 years.
KISHTWAR: Deputy Co-mmissioner, GN Balwan, inaugurated the 3 day intense Pulse Polio programme. “The Pulse Polio programme will provide oral polio drops to about 36000 children across the district for which  about 368 polio booths  have been established”, said DC.
LEH: Executive Councilor, Agriculture Tsering Angdus inaugurated Pulse Polio Immunization Programme at District Immunization Centre, Leh besides flagging off a team of supervisors to various locations for supervision of the programme. District Immunization Officer Dr Tsering Samphel informed that 11972 children under the age group of 0-5 years will be covered under the first round.
POONCH: By administering oral polio vaccine to a baby at Sub District Hospital Mandi, Member Legislative Assembly MLA) Haveli, Shah Moham-mad Tantray in the presence of Block Medical Officer Mandi, Dr Shamim Bhatti inaugurated three-day Pulse Polio immunization drive while Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Shafiq Ahmed Choudhary and Chief Medical Officer, Dr Mumtaz Bhatti inaugurated the Pulse Polio immunization drive at District Hospital Poonch. Block Medical Officers, Parvez Khan and Zulfkar Choudhary inaugurated the 3-day drive in their respective blocks.
DODA: Deputy Commis-sioner, Bhupinder Kumar, inaugurated the 3 day intense Pulse Polio programme. “The Pulse Polio programme targeting the beneficiaries in the age group of 0-5 years  will provide oral polio drops to about 81,000 children across the District for which about 600 polio booths covering the Ghat, Bhaderwah, Assar, Gandoh and Thathri block of District Doda have been established”, said DC while speaking on the occasion.
SAMBA: Pulse Polio campaign was inaugurated by Dr Devinder Manyal, MLA Samba at Government District Hospital Samba. The booth at District Hospital Samba was also visited by Dr Baldev Sharma, Director, Family Welfare and Immunization, J&K. Mean-while, 126 Battalion BSF organized a Pulse Polio vaccination programme at Battalion HQ Painthee, Samba, which was inaugurated by Sushila Devi, BWWA President 126 Battalion BSF. Around 180 children got vaccinated. The staff of 126 Battalion also conducted door-to-door vaccination around the village Painthee.
BHADERWAH: Pulse polio drive was launched by BMO Bhaderwah Yudhvir Singh Kotwal from a hospital at Dandi. Across the tehsils, 8500 children were administered polio drops in 300 polio booths.
VIJAYPUR: MLA, Chander Prakash Ganga launched 3 day intense Pulse Polio programme at Vijaypur accidental hospital. “The Pulse Polio programme targeting the beneficiaries in the age group of 0-5 years will provide oral polio drops to about 49186 children across the District.
SRINAGAR: District Dev-elopment Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone started the Pulse Polio campaign at Urban Primary Health Centre, Batmaloo. More than 1,77,000 children would be covered under the programme in the district for which 3,000 employees and volunteers have been deputed in 645 Pulse Polio booths.
BUDGAM: District Devel-opment Commissioner, Mir Altaf Ahmad, kicked-off Pulse Polio immunization drive at district hospital. About 1,00,500 children are being targeted in the district for which 2,252 workers and volunteers have been deployed at 563 booths including six transit teams.
GANDERBAL: District Development Commissioner, Showkat Aijaz Bhat gave oral polio vaccine to a baby in district hospital. Approximately 40,698 children were covered under this programme and 227 vaccination booths have been set up for the purpose besides 957 employees were deputed for the immunization programme.
ANANTNAG: District Development Commissioner, Muneer-ul-Islam launched the drive at Maternity Hospital Shaer-bagh in which 1,34,229 would be immunized. For successful conduct of the drive, 2,468 employees including health workers, ASHA workers, Anganwari workers and teachers have been deployed at 617 booths.
PULWAMA: Deputy Com-missioner Niraj Kumar inaugurated the IPPI campaign at old district hospital. About 85,979 children are being covered under the programme in Pulwama for which 1,780 personnel of health department have been deployed at 445 booths.
SHOPIAN: Deputy Comm-issioner Shopian, G M Dar administered polio drops to children at district hospital. More than 42,520 children would be covered under the programme in Shopian for which 855 personnel have been deployed at 215 Pulse Polio centres.
BARAMULLA: District Development Commissioner Yasha Mudgal inaugurated the three day IPPI by administering the oral vaccine to a baby in the district hospital. A total of 1,54,190 children would be immunized in the district for which 3,380 members including volunteers were deputed at 845 vaccination booths. About 169 persons supervised the 1690 teams for the purpose.
BANDIPORA: District Development Commissioner Sajad Hussain inaugurated the drive at district hospital in which 60,459 children would be covered in the drive for which 1,300 employees have been deputed at 325 polio centres.
GUREZ: The immunization drive was launched by Tehsildar Gurez at Sub-District Hospital Dawar. About 204 employees have been deployed at 51 booths to administer the polio dose to about 5,075 children.
KUPWARA: District Deve-lopment Commissioner, Kumar Rajive Ranjan administered polio doses to some new born infants. For the immunization of 134405 children in the district, 3016 employees have been deployed at 720 Pulse Polio centres.
KULGAM: Additional Dis-trict Development Commis-sioner, Mushtaq Ahmad inaugurated the campaign at district hospital. The district’s target for IPPI is 91546 children between the age group of 0-5years that will be covered through 505 Pulse Polio booths by employing the services of 2020 workers.

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