UDALGURI, Dec 19 - Along with other parts of the State, the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) programme was formally launched in Udalguri district from the Orang Block Primary Health Centre (UBPHC) on December 16.
The programme was inaugurated by Alindra Mochahary, executive member of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), at Orang. Launching the programme, the executive member appealed to the common people to avail the facility for their children under the age of 14 weeks. The programme has been initiated by the State Health Department under the guidelines of the World Health Organization.
The inaugural programme was also addressed by Jitu Kishan, former MCLA of Panchnoi Serfang, Dr Ganesh Brahma, Joint Director (i/c) of Health Services of Udalguri district, Pankaj Sabhapandit, BPM, Pankaj Chamua, Circle Officer of Mazbat Revenue Circle, Chanda Singh, district media expert of Udalguri, Dr Amulya Das, besides the subdivisional medical and health officer of Orang.
Addressing the meeting, Jitu Kishan pointed out that a good number of villagers of Habigaon in Mazbat area were suffering from various types of cancer. He, therefore, appealed to the State Health Department to conduct a detailed survey of the affected villagers in the area and take up adequate measures to arrest the disturbing trend.
Promoting the IPV programme, Kishan exhorted the villagers to refrain from any form of superstitious practices which could hinder the noble job of healthcare initiated by the Health Department.
Meanwhile, Chanda Singh informed this correspondent that a similar IPV programme was launched at Samrang LP School along the Indo-Bhutan border under Khoirabari BPHC in Udalguri district by Saptati Endow, SDO (Civil) of Bhergaon.
The programme at Samrang was attended by Dr Pankaj Baishya, SDMHO of Khoirabari BPHC, Virgil Sarmah, BPM of Khoirabari BPHC, and Nomal Singh Borgoyari, DPM of Udalguri NHM, among others.
NALBARI: The Nalbari district Health Department formally launched the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) programme for children of the district in a function held at the Nalbari Natya Mandir here on December 16.
The programme was formally launched by Krishna Baruah, Additional Deputy Commissioner by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Delivering the inaugural speech, Baruah said that the Health Department officials have a crucial role to play in the success of the new IPV being launched in the district.
One Dhritismita Deka was administered the first IPV injection at the temporary vaccine site of Nalbari Natya Mandir. The baby was also provided the third dose of oral polio vaccine (OPV).
Addressing the IPV launch ceremony, child specialists Dr Pranab Sarma and Dr Bhubaneswar Dutta spoke about the dreaded polio disease. Earlier, Dr Pratul Ch Chakravarty stated the purpose of launching of the new IPV in the district.
BARPETA: Inactivated Polio Vaccination (IPV) was launched in Barpeta district recently. It was launched in a formal function organised at the Urban Health centre, Barpeta.
The function was attended by Dr Subrata Kumar Sarma, Joint Director of Health Service, Batpeta, Dr Subrata Kumar Sarma, District Immunisation Officer, Principal Nursing Training School Barpeta, District Programme Manager NRHM, a large number of ANM, GNM, ASHA and social welfare activists.
Earlier, a procession to generate awareness about the IPV was taken out from the office of the Joint Director of Health Service to the Urban Health Centre was organised. The students of the Nursing Training School, ASHA, Anganwadi workers, ANM and other community workers participated in the procession.
Barpeta is one of the 27 districts selected to introduce IPV which aims protecting children from the polio virus. It is a part of the polio endgame strategy ensuring complete eradication of the virus from the globe. It will be administered in the form of injection to children below one year during the routine immunisation.