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First Round IPPI Campaign kickstarts in Nagaland

(Left) A child avails polio vaccine from nurses during the Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) programme on February 19 in Kohima. (Morung Photo) (Right) chidren administered polio drops proudly showing off their marked fingers
Nagaland is conducting the first round of Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) from February 19-21, 2012, alongwith the rest of the country, as per the directives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. All the children age between 0 – 5 years, numbering over 2.6 lakhs are to be administered Oral Polio Vaccine in 2,604 polio booths being set up in all the districts. A total of 10,416 vaccinators with 521 supervisors and 15 district monitors are supervising and overseeing the smooth conduct of the programme.
National Cadet Corps assists the Dept of Health and Family Welfare: A press note issued by Dr.Toshevi Sema, Director, Family Welfare & M.D (NRHM) stated that Due to introduction of National Immunization Days (NID), since 1995, India has detected only one case of polio in January 2011, while Nagaland recorded last case in 1997. This feat was possible due to active support given to Dept. of Health and Family Welfare by public, NGOs, the media, municipalities, village councils, public leaders etc. The department of health and family welfare Nagaland Kohima has appealed to everyone to continue its support and active participation and co-operation to make polio-free world for the children.

Kohima: The DIO, Dr Avelie Zao, chaired the preparations for 52 booths being established in Kohima District. The Officer Commanding, 1 Nagaland Girls Bn NCC, Kohima, Lt Col Joy Choudhury and ANOs, T/O Temsurenla Longkumer and T/O Elizabeth Pfotte, participated in the coordination meeting on 18 Feb 2012, at the office of the Chief Medical Officer, Kohima. NCC Cadets were assigned to the Booths at Kenuozou (A) and P.W.D Lower (Chandmari ) and P. W. D. Upper Junction. Cadets from Don Bosco HSS, Kohima and Chandmari HSS, Kohima participated in the drive, along with the above ANOs.

Dimapur: District task force meeting on “IPPI Campaign February 19 and April 1” was held on February 13 at DC conference hall. The meeting was chaired by DC, Dimapur (IAS) Husheli. Participants from various NGOs and Departments were present for the meeting. Associate NCC Officers (ANOs), Third Officer Rosni Devi and Third Officer Aren Bem of 1 Nagaland Girls Bn NCC, Kohima attended the Conference and coordinated the arrangements for participation by NCC Cadets, in Dimapur District. A brief presentation on intensive pulse polio immunization (IPPI) status of the district was presented by Dr. Rokobeni Chielie, District Immunization Officer. She stressed on the need for identifying high risk population for immunization, conveying that India marked one year since its last case of the crippling disease. The DC summarized that there is a need to have an aggressive approach to eradicate Polio and every responsible citizen should take charge to see that every child is immunized against Polio and make a Polio free world. During the meeting various NGOs and departments also gave their inputs and suggestions which were duly noted by the DTF. The meeting ended with a resolution from all participants to extend all the necessary support required to make the programme a success. NCC Cadets were assigned to assist in the drive at Civil Hospital, Dimapur, Walford Area and Kuda Village. Cadets from Bethesda HSS, Dimapur and Greenwood School, Dimapur, participated in the drive, along with the above mentioned ANOs.

Peren: Along with the rest of the country, Peren district is conducting 1st round of intensive pulse polio immunization (IPPI) from February 19 to 21. Children from 0-5 years would be administered free polio drops on February 19 and house to house coverage on February 20-21. Cadets from Govt HS, Peren and All Saints School, Peren belonging to 1 Nagaland Girls Battalion NCC, Kohima participated in the program on 19 Feb 2012, Sunday.

Kiphire: District immunization officer (DIO) Dr. Kibang has informed all town and village councils, village health committees, ASHAs and anganwadi workers of Kiphire district that Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) would be given to children 0-5years of age starting February 19-21 in every town and villages. DIO has requested all to co-operate with the health workers and to ensure that every child receive the “2 drops of life saving Polio vaccine”. NCC Cadets from Loyola HSS, belonging to 1 Nagaland Girls Battalion NCC, Kohima participated in the program on 19 Feb 2012, Sunday.

Phek : Phek district too, conducted the 1st round of intensive pulse polio immunization (IPPI) from February 19 to 21. Children from 0-5 years would be administered free polio drops on February 19 and house to house coverage on February 20-21. Cadets from Govt HSS, Phek led by their ANO, Lt Medowe-u Theke Kerengulo, belonging to 1 Nagaland Girls Battalion NCC, Kohima participated in the program on 19 Feb 2012, Sunday.

Mokokchung: In view of the forthcoming 1st Phase of IPPI to be conducted on February 19, the District Task Force held a meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall on February 15.The meeting was convened by Y. Dennganavennoho Phom, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung. District Immunization Officer, Mokokchung, Dr. Limatula briefed the members on the roles and responsibilities of the District Task Force during the IPPI programme. She informed that the programme is being organized with the objective of 100% coverage. 210 polio booths will be set up at the district manned by four persons each, including health workers and volunteers, followed by house to house visit on February 20 to 21 to cover all children who failed to turn up. Cadets from Mayangnokcha Govt HSS, Mokokchung, Govt HS, Dillong and Queen Mary School, Mokokchung, participated in the drive, along with their ANOs, i.e. Second Officer Tiamongla Longkumer, Third Officer Imtinumgla Longkumer and Third Officer Temjenjungla Lemtur, respectively.
The next round of IPPI is to be conducted on 15 April 2012. As most of the Cadets will then be feree from the examinations, there will be a higher level of participation ensuring deeper penetration in remote localities of all 11 districts of the State of Nagaland.

Longleng: Also, a press note issued by Longleng District IPPI 1st Round inaugural function was held in Leinyak ward Longleng town on February 19, 2012 at 7: 30 am. K. Linbathung, Dy Commissioner Longleng was the chief guest and Major Satish K. Sharma Company commander 31st Assam Rifles was the guest of honour. The target population is 7084 for the District (0- 5) yrs and 70th booths have been set up covering all villages and towns in the District.

Mon: The 1st Phase of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) for 2012 was inaugurated in Mon District by the Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Angau Thou, with a small function at District Hospital, Mon. Speaking about the sad plight of the people infected with polio, Deputy Commissioner urged the medical department to strive eradication of polio in the state. She also congratulated the Department on the yeoman service rendered in this program which was evident in the lack of polio cases reported in the nation during the last 10 months. Angau also expressed happiness at the plan to go on house to house visit to administer the vaccine to any children who might have missed out but added that the Department spread awareness by imparting information in the churches, so that people may avail the services from the polio booths set up around the town. The program was chaired by Chief Medical Officer, Mon, Dr. T. Kikon and a short introduction of Polio was delivered by Dr. U.K. Konyak, DIO incharge of Mon district. The program was followed by the of administering of Polio drops by Deputy Commissioner, Mon to the first baby born through Caesarean Section in Mon District Hospital since July 2007. The female infant was born early this morning after the combined team of District Hospital staff, Dr. Lemnyei (Surgeon) and Dr.Wannao (Anaesthetist) and MSF GAS team (Gynaecologist, Anaesthetist & Surgeon) performed a caesarean on a case of Obstructed delivery.

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