Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization drive launched in Nagaland

The drive was carried out across the 16 districts of Nagaland among an estimated 1,51,458 children aged between 0-5 years of age

Nagaland along with the rest of the country launched its Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) drive. The drive was carried out across the 16 districts of Nagaland. In the state, the Pulse Polio vaccination will be administered to an estimate 1,51,458 children aged between 0-5 years of age.
More than 9906 health workers along with 441 supervisors will engage in the Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) drive in 2206 Polio Booths all across the state. The Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) drive was launched by Dr. NeikhrielieKhimiao, Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) at Urban Primary Health Centres, Seikhazou, Kohima. 
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Dr. NeikhrielieKhimiao said that the Polio Immunization drive has brought about changes in the lives of millions of people in the country by eradicating the poliovirus from the country. He also said that poliovirus was still prevalent in countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and therefore appealed all not to be complacent as there are many transitions taking place within this co one
Images of polio being administered in the vaccination drive
Image: Images of polio being administered in the vaccination drive
He also congratulated the officers for tirelessly working towards the Immunization drive for effectiveness and bringing about change and exuded confidence that the drive will be successful. Poliovirus cases have also decreased by over 99% since 1988 worldwide, from an estimated 350,000 then, to 33 reported cases in 2018.
As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting Polio. In most countries, the global effort has expanded capacities to tackle other infectious diseases by building effective surveillance and immunization systems. Nagaland's IPPI campaign will be followed by the house to house visitation on February 28 and March 1.



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