Aizawl, Feb 4: India is preparing to use bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) and April 25, 2016 has been selected for National Switch Day. This was mentioned by Eastern & South East India Region-WHO-a Regional Team Leader, Dr. Debashish Roy who said that Polio Type-2 is no more in the world and that trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) is to be changed to bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV).
He was speaking at the meeting of ‘State Level Task Force Committee for Pulse Polio Immunization’ today here at the Office Chamber of and under the leadership of Health & Family Welfare Commissioner & Secretary, Lalrinliana Fanai, IAS.
NPSP-WHO, Mizoram Unit, Surveillance Medical Officer Dr. Lalhlimpuii gave report on the observance of National Immunization Day during January 19-21 last and said that State Task Force Committee has been held under the leadership of H&FW Secretary and District Task Force Committee has also been held under the leadership of DC in every district.
New Mobile Team visited Aizawl Civil Hospital, Synod Hospital and some private hospitals and gave polio vaccine free of cost to more 300 children below 5, she mentioned in the report.
She also reported on Vaccinators Trainings at different PHCs, making mention of the inadequacy of workers and the problem faced because of the same.
State Immunization Officer Dr. Lalzawmi on the other reported on the preparation being made for the 2nd Phase of National Immunization Day on February 23 next. Guidelines have been given to each district, she said.
District Task Force Committee would also hold another meeting, she added, while mentioning that some PHCs are facing problem since they are without Medical Officer. ‘State Level Task Force Committee for Pulse Polio Immunization’ meeting today was attended by representatives of Health & Family Welfare Department, Social Welfare Department, District Council, WHO, UNICEF, Rotary Club and MHIP General Headquarters.