President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2019 by administering polio drops to children on the eve of the National Immunization Day at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
More than 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be given polio drops as part of the drive to sustain polio eradication from the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda said Universal Immunization Programme is focusing to protect children from more diseases than ever before. He said the programme has introduced several new vaccines like Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine, and Measles-Rubella vaccine in the recent past.
The Minister said that the government has also introduced the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine into its routine immunization programme to provide additional protection to children.
Mr Nadda informed that strengthening of immunization programme has contributed significantly in decline of Infant Mortality Rate from 39 per thousand live births in 2014 to 32 in 2017. He elaborated that more than 3.39 crore children and 87 lakh pregnant women have been vaccinated under Mission Indradhanush.