Mangaluru: National Pulse Polio programme will be held here on Sunday February 27 from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
The children under age of 5 years will be given pulse polio on the day. Children who have got vaccinated can also take part in the drive. Many labourers migrated from various states for work, and the programme would focus on the children of such labourers.
In the District alone 921 booths are set up. Bantwal will have 190 booths, Belthangady 164 booths, Mangaluru 347 booths, Putturu q45 booths, and Sullia 75 booths. These apart, five mobile booths among which one is in Mangaluru rural, three under MCC limits as well as one in Sullia and 29 transit team in bus stand, railway station, airport etc. are set up.
The last polio case was recorded on November 3, 2007 in Karnataka and found in the group of migrants. Mangaluru recorded last polio case in 1999. The case recorded on January 13, 2011 at West Bengal was the last case of Country. After this there is no polio case recorded.
It was on March 27, 2014 that the World Health Organization certified India as ‘ Polio Free Country.’ In the world, only Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where polio still alive.
National Pulse Polio programme that is held on Sunday February 27 has the motto of making world free from polio.
Mission Indradhanush is a part Universal Immunisation Programme introduced by Government of India in 1985. Currently under this programme the department will give vaccine for health consequences like atrophy, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis B, rotavirus, pneumococcal, and rubella among others.
At the time of birth a child will vaccinated with BCG, OPV – 0, Hepatitis B Birth Dose will be given. At the age of 6 weeks OPV – 1st, Rota – 1st, IPV – 1, Pentavalent – 1st, PCV – 1st will be given. At the age of 10 weeks the vaccines like OPV – 2, Rota – 2, Pentavalent – 2 will be given. At the age of 14 weeks the vaccines like OPV – 3rd, Rota – 3rd, IPV – 3rd, Pentavalent – 3rd, PCV – 2nd will be given. At the age of 9 – 12 months PCV Booster Dose, MR-1, JE-1 will be given. In 16 – 24 months MR-2, JE-2, DPT- Booster 1, OPV – Booster 2ill be given. In 5-6 years DPT – Booster 2, at the age of 10 years Td, for 16 years old Td and for pregnant ladies Td-1, 2 or TD Booster will be given.
Mission Indradhanush is continuation programme of UIP. In this programme the pregnant ladies who are partially or fully denied of vaccination, and children between the age group of 0- 2 years are being identified and given vaccine. Already the department has done a survey and prepared the list of beneficiaries. The vaccine camps will be set up at designated places.
Along with strengthening, UPI aims at 90 percent vaccination under Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, which will be implemented in 4 phases under Indradhanush programme to be held in Dakshina Kannada District.
The 4 phase of programmes will be held as follows:
First phase from March 7 to March 13, Second phase from April 4 to April 10, and Third phase from May 9 to May 15. Intensified Mission Indradhanush 4.0 programme will be held in March, April, and May. Under this programme, the Department of Women and Social Welfare, Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Department of Urban Development, Information and Public Relations Department, Department of Backward Class, Nehru Youth Centre, Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Department of Public Education and other associations and institutions jointly have come forward to make the mission successful.
Already the children aged 5 -6 who got vaccines from private hospitals or clinic, children of class I, V, and X must submit their vaccine certificate to their Principal or teacher as a proof of being vaccinated.