Dimapur, Mokokchung, Nagaland, Tuensang, Wokha
Districts ready to immunise children below 5 yrs from polio
Dimapur, Jan. 18 (EMN): District health agencies in Nagaland are getting ready to take the immunisation mission against polio across the districts. Updates from various district health agencies informed about preparations that are on to ensure that children of the target age groups are immunised.
The Tuensang district task force for the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) conducted a meeting on January 18 in the deputy commissioner’s conference hall in Tuensang to discuss matter about implementation of the forthcoming immunisation programme starting from January 19 to the 21st.
The government publicity agency the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR) gave updates about the meeting.
Deputy Commissioner Kumar Ramnikant presided over by the meeting. The main objective of the IPPI is to ‘cover the children for 0-5 years of age with polio vaccine immunisation,’ especially those who are in the ‘left out,’ ‘dropped out’ and ‘resistant group’ categories, the IPR stated.
Health official Dr. Thungchanpeni Patton highlighted the IPPI programme in detail, its targets and matters of implementation.
The IPR informed that the forthcoming programme will be covering first immunisation booths while the second and third ie., 20th and 21st will be a door-to-door mission for the stated categories of children. She highlighted on the IMI2.0 or Intensified Mission Indradanush too during the meeting, the IPR stated.
Similarly, the district task force for Mokokchung also conducted a meeting to discuss the IPPI. Updates informed that the district task force conducted a meeting to discuss the IPPI on January 15 in the deputy commissioner’s office in Mokokchung. Limawabang Jamir, deputy commissioner, presided over the meeting, updates stated.
A report from the chief medical office of Mokokchung stated that Dr. Ayangla Saku briefed the gathering about the various aspects of the IPPI mission, risk of wild Polio virus and about making the community aware of the necessity of multiple administration of OPV.
The health official was stated to have expressed appreciation at the achievement of 98% coverage in the previous IPPI programme and discussed the issues relating to the targets set for immunisation in the district.
Saku informed that 205 polio booths will be set up throughout the district on January 19 while there will be house-to-house visits on the January 20 and the 21st for children who missed out on the programme, the updates stated.
Further, Limawabang Jamir discussed matters about making it mandatory for children to be fully immunised.
Another health official, Dr Kibangkumba, deputy chief medical officer, suggested that de-worming tablets should be administered in the schools in the presence of teachers and health workers to ensuring they take it.
The district task force for Wokha also conducted on January 17 a meeting to discuss the immunisation programme in the deputy commissioner’s conference hall in Wokha.
Additional deputy commissioner for Wokha K Mhathung Tsanglao urged the members to provide proper information for the immunisation programme which is to be conducted on January 19, updates stated.
According to a press release that informed about the meeting, the official was stated to have emphasised on surveillance and ‘convergence’ efforts to ensure success of the IPPI programme.
A health official Dr. Khelito Zhimomi, informed that the district was fully geared up for the launch of the IPPI with more than 200 booths. She expressed hope to reach the target of 10,003 children who are below the age of five years, the press release stated.
Zhimomi also spoke about the role of the Social Welfare department and the School Education department to ‘collectively ensure the eradication of polio,’ the updates stated.
Dr. Satya Prakash of the 40th Assam Rifles and representatives of the Lotha Eloe Hoho also assured their full cooperation in conducting the IPPI programme in the district, the press release stated.