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President Ram Nath Kovind Launches Pulse Polio Programme for 2018

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President Ram Nath Kovind has launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2018 by administering polio drops to children below five years at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The president administered the drops on the eve of National Immunisation Day, which is observed today(Sunday), an Union Health Ministry statement said.
Over 17 cr children, below five years, across the country will be given polio drops as part of the Government of India’s drive, it said.

“We need to remain vigilant and maintain the population’s immunity, and carry out sensitive surveillance till global polio eradication happens as the poliovirus is still circulating in other parts of the world which may reinfect us,” Union Health Minister J P Nadda said on the occasion.

He said that the government is making all the possible efforts to protect children from diseases.

“It is important that all vaccines under the programme reach every child of our country,” Nadda said.

To mitigate the risk of poliovirus importation, immunity against the infection is maintained through national and sub- national polio rounds along with sustained high quality surveillance, he said.

To provide additional protection to our children, the health ministry has also introduced the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunisation programme, the minister said.

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