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TINSUKIA, Dec 17 - In view of the threat of recurrence of dreaded polio, especially from Pakistan and Afghanistan where the disease has not been eradicated, the local administration on Wednesday launched the inactivated polio vaccination (IPV) mission across the Tinsukia district.

The vaccination for the children in the age group of 14 weeks to one year was formally launched at the Joint Director of Health and FW office here in presence of Joint Director Health (In-charge) Dr Altaf Ahmed, Subdivisional Officer (Civil) Purabi Gogoi and other medical officers.

On the occasion, the children, who were administered IPV on Wednesday, were given a �baby kit� consisting a towel, a soap, a body oil etc. each.

Tezpur Correspondent adds: The inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was launched in Sonitpur district by the Department of Health and Family Welfare officials on Wednesday on the premises of PPC, Kanaklata Civil Hospital, here.

The event was marked with an inauguration of a district-level programme. A public meeting was also held on the hospital premises by the Joint Director of Health Services, Sonitpur, Dr Juri Bhattacharya.

Medical officers of Civil Hospital, nurses, ASHA and members of the District Health Society were also present in the programme.

Dr Biman Sharma, District Immunisation Officer of Sonitpur, Dr Ratul Bordoloi, Superintendent of Kanaklata Civil Hospital, Dr Shyama Saikia, Paediatrician and State Monitor, Dr Mahtab Hussain Saikia were also present in the inaugural function.

State Monitor Dr M H Saikia highlighted the purpose of the meeting which is to spread awareness on the IPV among the people of the society. The District Immunisation Officer said, �India was certified Polio Free on March 27, 2014, despite India�s success in aiming to eradicate polio, risks for re-introduction of the disease remain, particularly through importation from endemic countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan.�

�One of the strategies to prevent re-emergence of polio is to strengthen routine immunisation coverage and further boost the immunity against the virus by providing children with the IPV. A single dose of the IPV injection is to be administered to children with the third dose of OPV at 14 weeks,� he added.

Former principal of Tezpur College and social activist, Shailaja Padmapati, was also present in the programme.

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Inactivated polio vaccination launched

TINSUKIA, Dec 17 - In view of the threat of recurrence of dreaded polio, especially from Pakistan and Afghanistan where the disease has not been eradicated, the local administration on Wednesday launched the inactivated polio vaccination (IPV) mission across the Tinsukia district.

The vaccination for the children in the age group of 14 weeks to one year was formally launched at the Joint Director of Health and FW office here in presence of Joint Director Health (In-charge) Dr Altaf Ahmed, Subdivisional Officer (Civil) Purabi Gogoi and other medical officers.

On the occasion, the children, who were administered IPV on Wednesday, were given a �baby kit� consisting a towel, a soap, a body oil etc. each.

Tezpur Correspondent adds: The inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was launched in Sonitpur district by the Department of Health and Family Welfare officials on Wednesday on the premises of PPC, Kanaklata Civil Hospital, here.

The event was marked with an inauguration of a district-level programme. A public meeting was also held on the hospital premises by the Joint Director of Health Services, Sonitpur, Dr Juri Bhattacharya.

Medical officers of Civil Hospital, nurses, ASHA and members of the District Health Society were also present in the programme.

Dr Biman Sharma, District Immunisation Officer of Sonitpur, Dr Ratul Bordoloi, Superintendent of Kanaklata Civil Hospital, Dr Shyama Saikia, Paediatrician and State Monitor, Dr Mahtab Hussain Saikia were also present in the inaugural function.

State Monitor Dr M H Saikia highlighted the purpose of the meeting which is to spread awareness on the IPV among the people of the society. The District Immunisation Officer said, �India was certified Polio Free on March 27, 2014, despite India�s success in aiming to eradicate polio, risks for re-introduction of the disease remain, particularly through importation from endemic countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan.�

�One of the strategies to prevent re-emergence of polio is to strengthen routine immunisation coverage and further boost the immunity against the virus by providing children with the IPV. A single dose of the IPV injection is to be administered to children with the third dose of OPV at 14 weeks,� he added.

Former principal of Tezpur College and social activist, Shailaja Padmapati, was also present in the programme.