Three-day nationwide Polio Immunisation programme to begin from today with COVID-19 precautions
President Ram Nath Kovind launched the first round of the Pulse Polio Programme 2021 on Saturday by administering polio drops to some children at the Rashtrapati Bhavan
The nationwide Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI) campaign will be undertaken today (Sunday, 31 January) covering children up to five years of age, with preventive measures for COVID-19 , reports said.
The countrywide immunisation programme was earlier scheduled to start from 17 January, however, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 vaccination drive which started on 16 January.
According to toa report in Hindustan Times, the Pulse Polio immunisation programme was launched in 1995 following the World Health Organization's Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
While Polio has existed for a long time, it first became a major public health issue in the late Victorian times with major epidemics in Europe and the United States, a report in BBC said. The disease causes spinal and respiratory paralysis and can also kill victims. While it remains incurable, vaccines have helped in its nearly total eradication in modern times.
Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind launched the first round of the Pulse Polio Programme 2021 on Saturday by administering polio drops to some children at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
President Kovind launches the first round of Pulse Polio Programme 2021 by administering Polio drops to children at Rashtrapati Bhavan. pic.twitter.com/ukIiqGyq4R
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 30, 2021
President Kovind launches the first round of Pulse Polio Programme 2021 by administering Polio drops to children at Rashtrapati Bhavan. pic.twitter.com/ukIiqGyq4R — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 30, 2021
The Polio drive will adhere to the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines and therefore, there will be mandatory masks, social distancing and hand hygiene during the drive. The government has advised senior citizens to not go to the immunisation camps with children due to the risks involved because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per a report in Livemint.com, the three-day polio vaccination drive will continue till 2 February. The vaccination programme for the eradication of polio is organised twice a year. Reports suggest that the coronavirus vaccination drive may be put on hold for three days when polio immunisation drive goes on.
According to a report on polioeradication.org, India constituted over 60 percent of all global polio cases as recently as 2009, however, the country was "officially declared polio-free in 2014, along with the rest of the South-East Asia Region".
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After traveling snow and ice covered roads, medical workers arrived in the small settlement of 350 people some 140 miles (230 kilometres) from the provincial capital, to vaccinate older villagers.
The panel's report will now be sent to the federal medical safety commission's approval board, which usually follows such recommendations
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