Polio drops administrated across Nagaland

A child recieves polio drops at an immunisation booth in Diphupar on March 3.

A child recieves polio drops at an immunisation booth in Diphupar on March 3.

Dimapur, March 3 (MExN): Along with the rest of the country, polio drops were administrated across Nagaland on Sunday a part of 3-day Intensive Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) drive.

Dimapur: In Dimapur, Deputy Commissioner Tinojongshi Chang launched the IPPI 2024 by administering two drops of polio to a beneficiary. 

He appreciated the Health Department for taking the initiative and reassured that the Administration Department will continue to support IPPI and will continue to spread awareness on immunisation. 

Dr Rebecca, District Programme Officer, UIP-RCH gave a brief overview of IPPI and noted that India achieved Polio Free status in 2014 due to  community support and the efforts of all health workers. 

However, she urged the health workers to not be complacent but continue to give their efforts to maintain the status of Polio Free Country as the risk of importing polio virus from neighbouring countries are still high.

Longleng: The campaign was launched at NST Junction in Longleng. A total of 66 immunisation booths were set up under Longleng targeting of 4339 children. 

At the event, Dharam Raj, Deputy Commissioner and Chairman DHS Longleng said that polio destroys the future of the children and encouraged all stakeholders and citizens of Longleng to cooperate and eliminate polio. 

After Sunday, door to door immunisation is scheduled on March 4 and 5.

Kiphire: Robin, Additional Deputy Commissioner Kiphire administered polio drops to the first beneficiary at District Hospital, Kiphire.

The district plans to vaccinate more than 5,000 children in the age group of 0 to 5 years with vaccination booths set up all across the district which will be followed by house to house activity.

Mokokchung: The IPPI was launched at Imlong Place, Mokokchung with Arenla Longkumer Watsu President administering the first drop of polio. The District total target under 0-5 years is 5443 children to be covered by 214 IPPI booths

Mon: The first polio drops were administered by Chief Medical Officer, Mon Dr Imnapokim at District Hospital Mon. In total, 238 booths were set up across the district for the campaign. 

Dr Wungyong DPO (UIP & RCH) gave a brief on the facts of polio disease and the importance of two drops of polio vaccine during a short launching programme. 

A total of 20306 children will be targeted in the district during the three-day campaign, he informed. 

The booths activity on March 3 will be followed by house visits on March 4 and 5, he added.

Peren: A total of 6975 children under 0-5 years were targeted in Peren with 155 dropping booths even as Rajesh Monsang, PO, UNDP inaugurated and administered the first polio drop at Jalukie Town Local Baptist Church.

Dr Supongmenla Walling, DPO (RCH & UIP) Peren also noted during the event that though India was polio-free, there still exists polio in few countries and could return.

Hence, to ensure the child’s complete protection, polio vaccine is given every time so that India maintains its victory over polio, she said. 

She also stressed about the importance of vaccination and motivated the parents and health workers to be an ambassador to create awareness about the different activities carried out by the medical department.

Phek: The first Polio drops were administered by John Tsulise Deputy Commissioner, Phek and a total of 205 polio booths were set up across the district, targeting to immunise all the children from 0-5 years of age.

Supervisors from the department and partners will be monitoring the booths in all the five blocks and health workers will carry out house to house visits after Sunday. 

Wokha: The first drop of polio was administered by Dr ZubenthungKikon, Chief Medical Officer Wokha at the premise of CMO office Wokha. 

Dr Thungchanpeni Patton, DIO Wokha informed that a total of 193 polio booths has been set up and 40 supervisors will be monitoring the polio activities in the district. 

She further said that the district will try to achieve the target of 10,890 beneficiaries. 

To reach out the unvaccinated, house to house polio immunization will be carried out on March 4 and 5, she added.

Zunheboto: Launching the IPPI programme at the District Hospital Zunheboto, Rohbi Sangtam SDO (Civil) encouraged the public to come forward to create awareness as the immunisation drive being held to eradicate Polio for good.

The IPPI drive was observed all across the district in their respective blocks initiated by the District Health Society Zunheboto.

Dr K Akaho Sema Deputy CMO Zunhebot has  expressed gratitude to all the teams across the district for their efforts and performance. 

The immunisation programme will continue for the next three days.