Dr.K V Raman,Director of Halth and Family Welfare Department today inagurarted the Inactiviated Polio Vaccine(IVP) under routine Immunization as part of Global polio Endgame Strategic Plan to provide protection against wild polio virus type one ,two and three .
The IVP is being administered in two fractional doses(0.1ml each dose) at six weeks and 14 weeks along with I Pentavalent /OPV and III Pentavalent OPV from the month of April 2016 in all government institutions.
This would be in addition to the regular oral polio vaccination in regular immiunization programme,according to Mr.Raman .
He said India has been certified polio free by World health Organization on March 27-2014 and Puducherry had the last case in 1998 following which there has been no case in the whole of the union territory.though,India is free of polio, the chance of transmission of wild polio virus still persists and ti mitigate the risk of importation from other countries ,the present programme is being undertaken,he added.
Deputy Director Dr.Sudha Goyal,NRHM director Dr.Kalimuthu,Dr.Raghunathan ,among others participated in the function.