Will polio virus knock again? Mansukh Mandaviya alerted India about neighboring countries

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the neighboring countries are not polio free yet, so India needs to be alert. He underlined that door-to-door polio vaccination campaign would continue to ensure that no child is left behind.

Will polio virus knock again? Mansukh Mandaviya alerted India about neighboring countries

Launching the National Polio Immunization Drive for 2022 by administering polio medicine to children below five years of age in the Health Ministry, the Minister said that about 15 crore children below five years of age would be given Anti-polio vaccines will be given in the coming months.

Will polio virus knock again? Mansukh Mandaviya alerted India about neighboring countries
Will polio virus knock again? Mansukh Mandaviya alerted India about neighboring countries

He said that India’s strategy against polio is a success story of the country’s health policy regarding vaccination against preventable diseases. We need to remain vigilant to ensure that all children under the age of five get their dose of polio.

Mandaviya said that the Universal Immunization Program led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is focusing on protecting children from diseases more than ever before and in recent times the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), Rotavirus Vaccine and Measles-Rubella (MR) Like many new vaccines have been introduced. 

Government has also introduced Injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine

Apart from this, the government has also introduced Injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine in its routine immunization program to provide additional protection to children.

The Minister said that we are trying to protect our children from as many diseases as possible, but it is important that all the vaccines under the program reach every child in our country. Emphasizing on the importance of celebrating National Immunization Day, he said that the objective of a healthy India can be achieved only when our children are healthy. Mission Indradhanush or Polio Vaccination Campaign aims to save our children from such deadly diseases. Since our neighboring countries are still not polio free, we must remain vigilant and continue with the vaccination programme.

In the coming months, more than 15 crore children below the age of five years will be vaccinated. Door-to-door immunization drive through robust micro planning will be done to ensure that no one is left out. I congratulate all the stakeholders like healthcare workers, WHO, UNICEF, Rotary Club and NGOs for making this vaccination program a public participation movement as envisaged by our Prime Minister. I request all the families to come forward to get their children vaccinated.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan highlighted the achievements and the way in which the National Immunization Program has been implemented

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan highlighted the achievements and the way in which the National Immunization Program has been implemented. He said that though India is polio free, it is our responsibility to remain vigilant. Transit teams have been deployed in all states to ensure vaccination and continuous pulse polio implementation at borders as our neighboring countries are still reporting polio cases.

Polio National Immunization Day 2022 (NID) will be organized across the country on Sunday (February 27). India organizes one nationwide NID and two sub-national vaccination days (SNID) for polio every year to maintain population immunity against wild polio virus and maintain polio free status.

During Polio NID, more than 15 crore children will be covered in 735 districts of all 36 states and union territories. During the campaign, children will be given polio medicine through seven lakh booths across the country. About 23.6 crore homes will be visited by about 24 lakh volunteers and 1.5 lakh supervisors.

India has been free of polio for over a decade, with the last case of wild poliovirus being reported on January 13, 2011.