IMPHAL, April 2 - To reduce the risk of import from neighbouring countries and also to maintain the country�s polio-free status, international border vaccination was provided during the 2nd round of intensified pulse polio immunisation(PPI) programme 2017 today by setting up two booths at Moreh border town in Manipur, according to official sources.
The State authority is planning to cover 6,325 children in Moreh town alone out of the State�s total target of 3,58,474 children.
Meanwhile, the State-level second round of IPPI programme 2017 was launched here with Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayentakumar as chief guest.
Parliamentary Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) S Subhas Chandra, Commissioner (Health) PK Singh, Director of Family Welfare, K Rajo and Director of AYUSH, K Lokendro also attended the function by administering polio vaccine to children upto 5 years of age here this morning.
Around 14,340 vaccinators and 717 supervisors, besides 11 State observers plan to cover 3,58,474 children, including 61,474 children in Thoubal across 3,585 booths from the first round(January 29-31) to 2nd round (April 2-4) in the State.
According to Health and Family Welfare officials, the day�s vaccination programme will be followed by two days of mop-up round where volunteers will visit every house to find out if there are any left out children. No polio case was reported in India, (except Howrah district in West Bengal) after the IPP programmes are organised regularly. It may be noted that the first-ever IPP programme was held on December 9, 1995 and January 20, 1996.