The State government of Nagaland is targeting to immunize 1.5 lakh children between the age group of 0-5 years in the state during the current polio immunisation programme. Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Vizolie Z. Suokhrie expressed hope that things will turn out as planned with regard to the programme.
Dr. Suokhrie then expressed happiness to see the parents bringing their children to receive polio vaccine “to protect their children”. He also added that about 1.50 lakhs children in the age group 0-5 years are expected to be immunized and urged upon all the citizens to fight against this polio so that “we shall be able to overcome this disease and give a gift of polio free world”.
Dr. Ritu Thurr who is Senior Immunisation Officer (SIO) of Health and Family Welfare department, government of Nagaland, said that the department is all geared up to administer polio drops to all eligible children from 0-5 years throughout the state in 2206 polio booths to be manned by 9096 health personnel and 441 supervisors along with vaccine and other logistics.
It can be mentioned here that, along with the rest of the country, Nagaland observed the launching programme of National Immunization Day on Sunday, January 31, at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK). Principal Director Health and Family Welfare Dr. Vizolie Z. Suokhrie while addressing the programme said that India remained free of polio cases since 2011 and India’s unprecedented progress against polio has led to certified by WHO in 2014.