IMPHAL | July 15
Complying with government’s plan for total eradication of polio in the country, health and family welfare department had yesterday launched a two-pronged injectable polio vaccine f- IPV (fractional- Inactivated Polio-Virus Vaccine) to infants of less than 14 weeks.
Speaking to media persons at its BT road office, director of family welfare, Dr. K. Rajo Singh, announced that the injection benefits will be made available in all health centres of the state. Two doses will be given to infants, once in six weeks and once in 14 weeks, he said.
Rajo reiterated that there is no more polio in the country but there is a chance that polio can be transmitted to India from our neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh, so as a measure to prevent future polio related diseases in the country, this injection programme is launched. He added that this programme is the first ever in the state to make polio free through vaccination.
Regarding recent Japanese Encephalitis (JE) outbreak in the state, director of family welfare said that the department has routinely live vaccination facilities, but that is applicable only from 0-15 years and may be a bit risky for 15 years and above.
He rather suggested that victims or possible victims of JE should refer to Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) and get JE ‘kill’ vaccine to prevent and cure from JE infection.
During the launching programme, additional director of HFW, Dr. Salam, and other officials of the department, Dr. Th. Nandakishore, Dr. Th. Arun, Dr. Somorendro and Dr. Aken.