Launch of first phase of Pulse Polio Programme-2017
INVC NEWS Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh launched first phase of Pulse Polio programme-2017 from Nalagarh in district Solan today by administering Oral Polio drops to the small children. Chief Minister directed the health officials to make it sure that every child between 0-5 year age group be surely administered Oral Polio Vaccine, (OPV). He said that though our country and state is polio free but sustained efforts should be made to keep every child away from the dysfunction. An eye should be kept on floating and migratory population, especially in border areas and industrial belts of state and to administer polio drops to their children as well. Himachal was declared polio free in the year 2009 and last case was reported in Nalagarh area. As per Health Officials, total of 6,74,240 Children in the 0-5 year age group would be administered OPV in the first phase launched on Sunday and to continue till 31st January, 2017. As many as, 5876 Booths have been set up in the state for the purpose and 23482 officials of various departments have been engaged in the process. . Instructions have been issued to transport authorities to direct drivers of state owned buses and private operators to stop at bus stands and on designated road side Polio booths, so that children travelling may be administered polio vaccine. Similarly, officials of industries department have been directed to cover labour colonies for the purpose. The second phase will be held from 2nd April, 2017 to 4th April, 2017. Around 85417 Children will be given polio drops in Solan district in the first phase. Later, while addressing people at Dhana in Nalagarh constituency, Virbhadra Singh announced that Raipura to Uparli Dhang and Bodhla to Ratyod bridges would be constructed by Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Development Authority. He said that BBN area was being developed as world class industrial hub and more than Rs.100 crore had been incurred on infrastructural development.