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17 crore Indian kids to be given pulse polio drops in 2018

New Delhi, January 27, 2018: More than 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be given polio drops as part of the Pulse Polio Programme in 2018.

President Ram Nath Kovind, launched the programme for 2018 by administering polio drops to children at the Rahstrapati Bhawan, in the presence of the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda on the eve of the National Immunization Day, on January 28.

Speaking on the occasion Nadda said in order to mitigate the risk of poliovirus importation, the immunity against polio infection is maintained through National and Sub-National Polio rounds along with sustained high quality polio surveillance.

To provide additional protection to our children, Government of India has also introduced the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization programme, said Nadda.

Nadda said that Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) is focusing on to protect children from more diseases than ever before and has introduced several new vaccines like Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine, and Measles-Rubella in the recent past.

“To further strengthen and accomplish our goals we have launched Mission Indradhanush and encouraged by its success, we have recently intensified the mission in October, 2017 to achieve more than 90% full immunization coverage by 2018,” said Nadda.

The Union Minister further informed that strengthening of immunization programme has significantly contributed to the decline of Infant Mortality Rate from 39 in 2014 to 34 per 1000 live births in 2016 (as per SRS reports).

Also present at the function were Ministers of State (Health) Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Anupriya Patel, Department Secretary Preeti Sudan among many others

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