The Union authorities has rescheduled the nationwide polio vaccination programme from January 17 to January 31 within the wake of phase-I of the Covid-19 inoculation that rolls out in a couple of days. As is the custom, the Polio Ravivar (Polio Sunday) drive will probably be flagged of by President Ramnath Kovind who will administer the “drops” to kids at Rashtrapati Bhavan a day earlier than the drive.
Launched in 1995, Polio Ravivar or the Pulse Polio Immunisation programme sees as much as 172 million kids aged 0-5 years receiving oral drops on the day, additionally referred to as Nationwide Immunisation Day. It was conceptualised to attain 100 per cent protection below oral polio vaccine by means of “social mobilisation” and “mop-up operations”. On account of these huge drives, WHO, in February 2012, eliminated India from the checklist of nations with lively endemic wild polio virus transmission.
The choice to postpone this yr’s Polio Ravivar was communicated by the Central authorities on January 9, the day it introduced that India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive would start on January 16. It cited “unexpected circumstances” for the postponement.
“The choice is in line with the acknowledged coverage of the Well being Ministry to make sure that Covid well being providers and non-Covid important well being providers proceed in tandem with out adversely impacting one another,” a authorities launch mentioned at present.
Throughout a gathering with the Chief Minister on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi additionally mentioned that the nation should guarantee routine vaccination schedules for different illnesses weren’t affected due to Covid.
Over three crore healthcare and frontline staff will probably be lined in phase-I of the Covid-19 immunisation drive that the Prime Minister himself will launch on January 16.