JAMMU, JAN 28: Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today kick started the first round of National Pulse Polio Campaign-2018 from Government Hospital Sarwal by administering polio drops to children.
Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash, Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal were also present on the occasion.
A model Pulse Polio camp was organized by the Department of Family Welfare in the premises of Sarwal Hospital, wherein hundreds of children below the age of 5 years were administered the doses of pulse polio. The authorities had made elaborate arrangements to cater to the huge rush of parents who visited for administering the polio drops to their children.
Speaking on the occasion, Bali Bhagat said, “Though the State has become free from polio since 2010 yet the Government does not want to take any chance and the campaign against this dreaded disease will continue till its total eradication from the world over.”
Asiea Naqsh in her brief address described the Polio Campaign as a festival and congratulated the functionaries of the Family Welfare and all those who were closely associated with this pious campaign. She said that it was because of the hard and dedicated efforts of the employees and various social organizations that a complete eradication of this dreaded virus had been ensured.
Pawan Kotwal highlighted the efforts of the State Government to make the State Polio free like other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga today launched the Pulse Polio Immunization (PPI) programme by administering vaccines to children at Community Health Centre Vijaypur here.
On the occasion, the Minister was informed that more than 48 thousand children of less than five years across the district will be given polio drops.
Meanwhile, Pulse Polio vaccination programme was organised at SMGS hospital Shalamar Road today wherein MLA Jammu East and BJP party chief whip Rajesh Gupta was the chief guest.
Rajesh Gupta while speaking on the occasion said that the Pulse Polio vaccination programme had been one of the most extensive and successful projects undertaken by the Health department.