Himachal to start 1st Phase of Pulse Polio Campaign on 7th January, 2007

polio.jpgS.S. Parmar, Chief Secretary said that 1st phase of pulse polio campaign would be launched on 7th January, while 2nd phase on 11th February, 2007 in the State

Presiding over the meeting of State-level Steering Committee on Pulse Polio Immunization Campaign, 2007 here today. Shri Parmar stressed the need for involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions, Yuva and Mahila Mandals, women Health Associations and Social workers for making the campaign a mass movement. He said that it would be booth + house- to -house activity on subsequent 2nd and 3rd days to cover all the left-out children in the State. He further said that in rural areas, it would be mainly booth based activity on 1st day and house to house activitiy on the subsequent days till all the left out children were administrated polio drops.

He said that to cover the children of urban slums / under served and projects sites, special PPI booths and mobile teams were being arranged so that each and every child could be covered. He further said that the crux of Polio eradication campaign was social mobilization which can only be achieved by cooperation and whole- hearted support of all Government and non- Government organizations and full community participation by involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions, Mahili Mandals and Mahila Swasthya Sangh and Social Workers who Could help in this great social cause to save children of future generation from this disease as has been achieved in small pox eradication all over the world.

Chief Secretary said that in this campaign, approximately 5823 booths have been planned throughout the State. Each booth would be manned by four persons, two technical persons from Health and Ayurvedic department and rest two will be deployed from other departments, he added.

Parmar said that the campaign was started for the children in the age group of Zero to five years in the State under which 7,44,192 children would be administrated pulse Polio dropsthrough 5,523 IPPI booths, 69 transit and 91 mobile booths in the State. He said that 24,461 employees of Health and other departments would also be deployed for the campaign, which required 1979550 vaccine doses.

Parmar also called upon the people to extend their whole –hearted Co-operation to make the campaign a success and urged them to bring their children in the age group of 0-5 years in pulse polio booths for administering pulse polio drops so that the State could be made polio free State in the country.

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