04 Mar 2024  |   06:43am IST

91,237 children administered polio doses

Team Herald

PANJIM: The State Family Bureau conducted the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme (IPPI) 2024 in the entire State on Sunday March 3 from 8 am to 5 pm in the designated booths throughout the State.

   According to DHS, a total of 91,237 children between the age group of 0-5 years were administered the pulse polio dosage at 660 polio booths setup across the state.

   The programme will be followed by house-to-house survey and coverage activity from March 4 to 6.

   Out of the 660 booths, 491 were fixed booths, 107 mobile booths and 62 transit booths. The arrangement was made to ensure smooth vaccination process in the entire State. 

   The DHS has set a target of covering approximately one lakh and above children in the age group of 0-5 years during the campaign.

   Although India became polio-free in March 2014, polio cases still occur in India's neighboring countries, such as Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

   According to the World Health Organization, if even one child remains infected with polio, within ten years there may be 2 lakh cases of polio worldwide. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, March 3 is also observed as Polio Vaccination Day in India every year. The last case of polio in India was found in Kerala in 2000. However, since 2011, not a single case of polio has been reported in India.


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