Injectable Polio Vaccination Programme Launched in Puducherry

Published: 21st April 2016 07:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st April 2016 07:34 PM   |  A+A-


PUDUCHERY: Dr.K V Raman,Director of Health and Family Welfare Department today inaugurated   the  injectable Inactiviated Polio Vaccine(IVP) under routine Immunization  as part of  Global polio Endgame Strategic Plan  to provide protection against  wild polio virus type one, two and three .

The IVP is being administered in two fractional doses(0.1ml each dose) at six weeks and 14 weeks  along with  first and third dosages of  Pentavalent vaccine   in all government institutions.

This would be in addition to the regular  oral polio vaccination in regular immiunization programme,according to Dr Raman. Around 93,000 children would be given the injectable vaccination.

He said India  has been certified polio free  by World health Organization  on March 27,2014 and Puducherry had the last case in1998 following which there has been no case in the whole of the union territory.Though,India is free of polio, the chance of transmission of  wild  polio virus  still persists and to mitigate the risk of importation from other countries ,the present programme is being undertaken, he added.

Deputy Director Dr.Sudha Goyal, NRHM director Dr.Kalimuthu, Deputy Director (Public Health ) Dr.G .Raghunathan, among others participated  in the function.

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