Polio Immunisation Drive commences nationally

Chandigarh, September 20, 2020: In Chandigarh, 34,288 children were immunized on day one of Sub National Immunization (SNID) Polio September 2020 round.
Approximately 85 supervisors monitored the SNID activity for which 586 teams (consisting of 2 members in a team) of vaccinators were deployed for house to house visits.
The monitoring was done under the supervision of Dr. G. Dewan, Director Health & Family Welfare cum Mission Director – NHM and other Senior Health Officials.
It was also ensured that all Health workers were provided with appropriate safety/protective gears with strict adherence to GOI protocols.
Sensitization trainings of the team members were conducted prior to the SNID round.
In Punjab, Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu launched the three-day drive by administering drops of oral polio vaccine (OPV) to children below five years at nearby Jujhar Nagar village.
The state level program was organized by the Health and family welfare Department, Punjab.
Speaking at the event, Sidhu said that under this drive, polio drops are being given to children across the state from September 20 to September 22.
He added that due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the drive would cover only high risk areas, migratory population, brick kilns, construction sites and urban slum areas.
He said that health workers have been directed to ensure compliance of all the necessary guidelines, such as covering their faces and washing their hands frequently during the drive.
Sharing the details about various teams engaged in the drive, the Health Minister said, “In this phase, the target is to give polio shots to around 6,80,800 children across the state for which a total of 8436 places have been identified. 5,530 door-to-door teams have been pressed into service while the number of mobile teams is 656. The total number of vaccinators, ANMs and ASHA workers is 14749, 3097, 11965 respectively whereas a total of 1031 supervisors will carry out sudden checks to monitor the immunization program and to ensure that all children are immunized.”
The health minister appealed to the people to get their children vaccinated to save them from various diseases.

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