North Gazette News/ Hamirpur
Over 6,83,356 children of less than five years age will be given polio drops throughout Himachal under the first phase of the Pulse Polio Immunization Programme. The first phase of this programme was launched today by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh by administering polio drops to children aged below five years at PWD Circuit House at Hamirpur today.
Chief Minister on this occasion informed that to achieve this objective which 5868 regular booths had been set up. The vaccination teams would visit about 13, 95,185 households under this programme to cover the targeted children.
He said 117 transit teams had been constituted to cover children on the move adding that 1237 high risk pockets mostly in slum and construction sites had also been identified where as many as 37,106 children would be administered polio drops.
Virbhadra Singh said that Himachal Pradesh was virtually polio-free State as no case of the disease had been reported since 2009. The last case was detected in 2009 in Nalagarh block of Solan district and the state has remained polio-free since then, he said.
He said that polio was a crippling disease which could lead to life long disability and especially children could have tremendous negative mental and social impact. Therefore, the pulse polio immunization programme was a very vital step in eradicating this disease and the programme would continue with the same intensity in the future also to protect the children from this potentially fatal infectious disease.
He also lauded the efforts of the departments involved in the programme for successfully completing the first phase.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary I.D Lakhanpal, Vice Chairman, KCCB Kuldeep Singh Pathania, Vice Chairman, HIMUDA Yashwant Chhajta, former Minister Ranjeet Singh Verma, former MLA Anita Verma, Chairman APMC Hamirpur Prem Kaushal, State Women Commission member Promila Devi, senior officers and prominent persons of the area were present on the occasion.