PANAJI: As the Pulse Polio immunization kicked off today 98,245 children’s were administered at the 667 designated booths across Goa.
“98254 children were vaccinated with two doses of oral polio today on National Immunization Day,” the DHS said
During the Polio Immunization Drive, healthcare workers and others followed all Covid-19 protocols. People were asked to maintain physical distance and wear masks while participating in the drive.
The polio eradication program was first launched in India in 1995. It was called the Pulse Polio Immunization programme. This was started after the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Addressing the occasion, Mandaviya said that the country’s strategic fight against polio is a success story of India’s public health policy against vaccine preventable diseases. “We need to continue to be vigilant and ensure that every child under five years of age must get polio drops”.
“Under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Universal Immunization Programme is focusing to protect children from more diseases than ever before and has introduced several new vaccines like Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), Rotavirus vaccine, and Measles-Rubella vaccine (MR) in the recent past.
“Further, to provide additional protection to our children, the Centre has also introduced the injectable inactivated Polio vaccine into its routine immunization programme. While we are making efforts to protect our children from more and more diseases, it is important that all vaccines under the programme reach every child of our country”, said the minister.