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GOVT DEFERS NATIONAL POLIO IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 

New Delhi, Jan 13: The National Polio immunisation programme, as part of which children in the age group of 0-5 years are adminis-tered polio drops, has been de-ferred “till further notice” by the Carttecitinetunforeseenactivilies”.

 The National Immunisation Day (NID), commonly known as Pulse Polio Immunisation pro-gramme, was scheduled for January 17 across India. The Union Health Ministry has com-municated the decision to defer the polio immunisation pro-gramme to all states through a letter January 9

 “This is to inform that due to un-foreseen activities, it is decided to postpone the scheduled Polio NID (National Immunisation Day) round from January 17, 2021 till further notice,” according to the letter sent to the Principal Secretary in the Health depart-ment of all states. UnionMinister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan had said on January 8 that polio immunisation will be carried out January 17. “We have decided that January 17, we are going to have our na-tional immunisation days for polio which will run for two to three days,” he had said adding the drive covered aspects like identifying and immunising children left out from vaccination.

 The vaccination is very essen-tial to ensure that the nation main-tained overall immunity levels against polio virus, he had said. The country will launch its COM-19 vaccination chive from January 16 in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the world’s largest inoculation pro-gramme with priority to be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers. 

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