Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Sunday (January 31) officially launched the Pulse Polio Programme at his Bhopal residence.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to Twitter to officially announce the developments and said: “This is the silver jubilee year of the Pulse Polio vaccination campaign. I’m inaugurating this drive today in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Prabhuram Choudhary among other officials.”
मुझे यह बताते हुए खुशी हो रही है कि पोलियो को समाप्त करने के लिए 25 साल पहले जिन बच्चों को पल्स पोलियो की दो बूंद पिलाई गई थी, उन्हीं को 'दो बूंद हर बार' की बुलाऊ टीम का प्रमुख नियुक्त किया गया है। वे पोलियो को समाप्त करने के इस अभियान में सक्रिय रूप से जुटे हैं। #PolioSunday pic.twitter.com/F236y9nf1N
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) January 31, 2021
The National Polio Immunisation programme was earlier slated to take place from January 17 onwards, however, that got pushed back due to the COVID-19 vaccination drive which began from January 16, 2021.
HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2021 Pulse Polio Programme:
- The nation-wide polio vaccination drive is conducted twice evert year, generally in the early months.
- Due to the COVID-19 vaccination drive being currently held all across India, senior citizens are tipped not to take kids to any immunisation camps.
- Considering resources, the coronavirus vaccination drive may be put on hold for three days while the polio immunisation drive goes on.
- The Pulse Polio Programme will go on till February 2.
- Kids in the age group of 0 to 5 years will be given the polio drops.
- Back in 1995, India had launched the Pulse Polio immunisation programme after the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
- The Sunday or Polio Ravivar on which the polio immunisation drive starts is known as the National Immunisation Day.
- Ahead of the launch of the coronavirus vaccination drive in India, the health ministry had also emphasised that no corner-cutting with the ongoing inoculation programme will be made. However, the National Polio Immunisation programme was organised for the time to take stock of the coronavirus vaccination state.