Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Jan 17:
Even though the World Health Organisation (WHO) has removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries, the state government has decided to give Polio vaccine to 45.20 lakh children in the state through a campaign to be launched from 19 January to 21 January in the first phase and 23 January to 25 February in the second.
“As part of the nationwide campaign, we are going to organise a “Pulse Polio” campaign across the state from 19th to 21st January in the first phase and 23rd to 25th February 2014 in the second phase,” said Health and Family Welfare secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.
He said he has directed all collectors to take all possible steps to achieve success in this Pulse polio campaign.
There will be 18,764 polio vaccine centres throughout the state to provide polio vaccine to the 45.20 lakh children under 5 years of age. A massive workforce consisting of . 75, 056 persons will be engaged in administering oral drops and 3,752 supervisors will oversee this massive endeavour, the Health secretary said.
“58 blocks in our state have been identified as most sensitive, 98 blocks as moderately sensitive and 158 blocks are least sensitive for Pulse Polio Campaign,” said Mohapatra.
He said special arrangements had been made to reach the children in inaccessible pockets of our state. Instructions have also been given to track and immunize children who are in transit or in festival site.
All CDMOs should submit the list of vaccine depots of their districts to the executive engineer so that uninterrupted power supply for preparation of ice packs is provided to these depots in the week prior to the campaign and during the campaign, Mohapatra instructed.
It is to be noted that even though the WHO has removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries, India will have to remain polio free for two more years before it is declared polio-free by the WHO.
Odisha in the past has successfully responded to all Polio Eradication Initiatives taken up by the country. In 2007, 1 case in Ganjam and in 2008, 2 cases, 1 case each in Bhubaneswar and Bargarh districts, were reported.