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First National Immunization Day observed on 29th January in India. Pranab Mukherjee launched pulse polio programme for 2017. Programme by administering polio drops to children aged below five years at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Pranab Mukherjee propelled Pulse Polio Program

Pranab Mukherjee propelled Pulse Polio Program

Pranab Mukherjee propelled Pulse Polio Program

Highlights pulse polio programme 2017

  • The programme will cover 17 crore children aged under five years.
  • Programme launched in effort to maintain country’s ‘polio-free’ status.
  • Mukherjee launched the countrywide programme on the eve of the National Immunization Day.
  • Government is conducting continuous polio vaccination at international borders with India.
National immunization days observed in India 2017

National immunization days observed in India 2017

National immunization days observed in India 2017

India polio related facts

  • World Health Organization on March 27, 2014 proclaimed India polio free.
  • The last instance of polio was accounted for on January 13, 2011 in nation.
  • The risk of importation still persists from three countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
  • Government is conducting continuous polio vaccination at international borders with India.
  • Nation needs to keep up immunity and sensitivity reconnaissance till worldwide polio annihilation.
  • Currently Health minister is J P Nadda.

Key objectives of Pulse Polio Initiative (PPI)

Virus cause paralysis & is easily preventable by polio vaccine

Virus cause paralysis & is easily preventable by polio vaccine

Virus cause paralysis & is easily preventable by polio vaccine

  • Not a single child should miss immunization, leaving no chance of polio occurrence.
  • Cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) to be reported in time and stool specimens of them to be collected within 14 days.
  • Outbreak response immunization (ORI) to be conducted as early as possible.
  • Maintaining a high level of surveillance.
  • Performance of good mop-up operations where polio has disappeared.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 17, 2017

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