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1st Phase of IPPI held successfully in Mokokchung

Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung, Lithrongla G Chishi administering the first polio drop to a child at Imlong place during the 1st phase of IPPI held on Sunday, February 19.
Dimapur, February 19 (MExN):  Along with the rest of the country, the first phase of the Intensive Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) was also launched at Mokokchung district by the Deputy Commissioner Lithrongla G Chishi by symbolically administering the first polio drops to a child at Imlong Place, Mokokchung town here this morning.
Speaking at a brief launching programme, Lithrongla G Chishi highlighted on the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring India as a polio free country a year back. This great achievement is due to the initiative of not only the Health & Family Welfare Department but also because of the participation and co-operation of various departments, NGOs and the parents. In this regard, she called upon all sections of the society to extend their full support and continued cooperation to the concerned department for the complete elimination of the disease from the society. She also urged upon the health workers and all those involved in the IPPI to be more dedicated and to work sincerely in sensitizing the community.
Altogether 210 IPPI Booths manned by four volunteers were set up in different parts of Mokokchung. In a perfect show of co-ordination, Youth volunteers, cadets from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) of Queen Mary Hr Sec School and Dilong High School, members of the Rotary Club Mokokchung, IRCS Mokokchung Unit, Anganwadi wokers, ASHAs and MSS helped in administering the polio drops to children.
The Gaon Buras, Village Council members, Pastors of different churches helped in disseminating valuable information in motivating the parents to take their children to administer the polio drops. The DPRO and his subordinate went about the towns and blocks announcing about the programme through the Public Address System.  The District Task Force for IPPI made arrangements for transportation of health workers and vaccines to those remote areas that faced communication problems.
The 1st Phase of IPPI 2012 has been one of the most successful programme being implemented in Mokokchung District mainly due to the dedicated support from the district administration. Health workers and volunteers would conduct house to house visit from 20th -21st February 2012 to administer polio drops to children who have been left out.

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