President Ram Nath Kovind on 27 January 2018 launched the Pulse Polio programme 2018 by administering polio drops to children less than five years old at the Rahstrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.
The programme was launched on the eve of the National Immunization Day, which is observed every year on 28 January 2018.
Under the Pulse Polio Programme 2018, more than 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be given polio drops to sustain polio eradication from the country.
Union Government's efforts to sustain polio-free status of the country
In order to mitigate the risk of poliovirus importation, the immunity against polio infection is maintained through National and Sub-National Polio rounds along with sustained high quality polio surveillance.
In order to provide additional protection to children, Union Government has also introduced the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization program.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 27 March 2014 certified India as a Polio Free country.
About Pulse Polio Immunization (PPI) Program
• The Pulse Polio Immunization (PPI) Program was initiated in India in 1995 with the aim of eradicating polio completely from the country.
• The program was launched under the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
• Under this program, every child below five years in age is given two doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), in the month of January and December every year and it needs to be continued till Polio is eradicated completely.
• It aims to reach unreached children through improved social mobilization, plan mop-up operations in areas where poliovirus has almost disappeared and maintain high level of morale among the public.
When: 27 January 2018