- The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2018 by administering polio drops to children less than five years old, at the Rahstrapati Bhawan, in the presence of the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda and Ministers of State (Health) Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Anupriya Patel.
- The President administered the polio drops on the eve of the National Immunization Day, which will be observed on January 28, 2018. More than 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be given polio drops as part of the drive of Government of India to sustain polio eradication from the country.
Speaking at the function, J P Nadda said, “We need to remain vigilant and maintain the population immunity and sensitive surveillance till global polio eradication happens as poliovirus is still circulating in other parts of the world which may reinfect us.”
Nadda further stated that the government is making all the possible efforts to protect children from more and more diseases. “It is important that all vaccines under the programme reach to every last child of our country.”
In order to mitigate the risk of poliovirus importation, the immunity against polio infection is maintained through National and Sub-National Polio rounds along with sustained high quality polio surveillance. To provide additional protection to our children, Government of India has also introduced the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization program, Nadda stated.