SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole today inaugurated Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) programme for the children of 0-5 years age at JLNM Hospital, Rainawari Srinagar by administering Polio drops to newborn infant, here.
Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather; MS , JLNM Hospital and medical and Paramedical staff of the hospital were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Pole said that about 11 lakh children will be administered Polio drops across Kashmir Division at 5391 Polio booths to eliminate the disease and protect children.
He said that 22059 vaccinators have been put on the duty to cover all the eligible population of children in Kashmir division.
Besides, he said 298 transit teams and 143 mobile teams have been constituted to make the immunization drive successful.
Meanwhile, he appealed to parents to take their children to the near by booths, health center or hospital for Pulse Polio drops and save their children from the disease.
At Budgam, Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza 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.
Chief Medical Officer, Budgam Dr Tajamul Hussain Khan, Dy. Chief Medical Officer Budgam, Dr. Tehmeena Bukhari, DTO, DIO, DPMU and other staff were also present on the occasion.
On the occasion, the DC deliberated upon the importance of administering polio drops to children up to 5 years to save them from polio throughout their life.
He urged parents to take their children to the nearby health booths to ensure their children remain safe and healthy.
After launching the drive Dy. Chief Medical Officer Budgam Dr. Tehmeena Bukhari said that as many as 121261 children up to 0-5 year’s age group are being covered under Pulse Polio Immunization Programme in District Budgam.
She said that in order to ensure polio drops are administered to every child, the Health Department in Budgam has deployed over 2500 officers and workers included Health Workers, ASHA workers, ICDS workers and voluntaries at more than 600 booths including 8 transit Booths.
At Kupwara, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Imam Din inaugurated Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) drive by administering anti Polio drops to an infant, here at Sub District Hospital Kupwara in presence of Chief Medical Officer Kupwara, Block Medical Officer and DIO.
On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner was informed that140017 children below 5 years of age will get immunized under Pulse Polio programme in the district.
It was also informed that 738 Immunization booths have been established across the district for which 2952 workers including 970 ASHA and 640 AWW have been deployed to carry out the immunization programme smoothly.
Speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner said that special teams have been deputed to far flung and border areas like Keran, Machill and Karnah to ensure complete immunization of the children. He stressed upon the concerned officers to ensure cent percent coverage of the target population of the children below the 5 year age group under the Pulse Polio programme.