President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday propelled the Pulse Polio Program for 2017 under which around 17 crore children of under five years age will be vaccinated. The drive is a part of the government endeavors to maintain polio annihilation from the nation. Propelling the program on the eve of National Immunization Day, Mukherjee directed polio drops to children under five years of age at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
The World Health Organization on March 27, 2014 proclaimed India polio free. The last instance of polio was accounted for on January 13, 2011 in the nation. Nadda said the risk of importation from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria – three nations where the infection is as yet circling. The nation needs to keep up the immunity and senstivity reconnaissance till worldwide polio annihilation, the Health Minister said. As indicated by the Health Ministry, the government is leading nonstop polio inoculation at the international border with Pakistan. “An admonitory has likewise been issued for inoculation of all travelers amongst India and eight different nations,” Nadda said.
“An Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) is likewise set up in all states/union territories for critical reaction to any importations of polio infection,”. Expressing that there is a need to give twofold security to kids, Nadda stated: “The government has additionally presented the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its normal inoculation program. India has diminished under-five death rate from 75 for each 1,000 live births in 2005 to 45 in 2014,” Nadda said. The second period of the program will be led on April 2.