Pulse Polio Vaccine Drive Launched in Kochi
By Express News Service | Published: 20th January 2014 10:04 AM |
Excise Minister K Babu inaugurated the district-level Pulse Polio Immunisation campaign in Kochi on Sunday. He said the government is moving forward with a clear vision for the health sector.
“Our aim is to nurture a healthy generation. To realise the goal, the Central and state governments have implemented a slew of programmes,” he said. ‘Arogyakiranam’, which gives free health services to a child till he is 18-years-old, he said, is an ideal example.
“This will enable health security and reinstate the eminence our health sector once held,” he said.
Benny Behnan MLA who presided over the function said the sole purpose of all projects enunciated for the health sector is to achieve health security.
“We should elevate Kalamassery Medical College into an institution par excellence,” he said. The master plan to develop the hospital, he said, should be mapped out at the earliest.
The polio vaccinations were given through special pulse polio booths set up at government hospitals, bus stands, anganwadis, railway stations, boat jetty and air ports. Around 1,858 polio booths has been set up in the district.
The polio vaccination for the children of adivasis and migrant workers were given through special mobile booths.
For those who are unable to visit these booths, volunteers have been deployed to undertake home visits. Identified houses will be visited by these volunteers on Monday and Tuesday.
Eldose Kunnappilli, district panchayat president, Kalamassery municipality chairman Jamal Manakkadan, Kalamassery vice-chairperson adv Anita Latheef, Standing committee members T S Aboobecker and A K Basheer, Councillor Baburaj, Medical College Director Dr Junaid Rahman, DMO Haseena Muhammad, Additional DMO Dr V Jayasree, RCH officer Dr Santhakumari and Dr Biji Elizabeth also attended.