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Not a single drop missed
3/3/2024 10:43:29 PM

On National Immunization Day India celebrates its unwavering commitment to eradicate polio.
This year, the focus is particularly poignant in Jammu and Kashmir, where the Health and Medical Education Department has undertaken a remarkable effort to ensure no child under the age of five misses their vital dose of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV).
India has been polio-free since 2011, a testament to the success of nationwide immunization campaigns. However, the virus remains a global threat, and constant vigilance is crucial. Jammu and Kashmir’s Health Department understands this gravity.
Their aim was ambitious yet achievable: to vaccinate an estimated 19 lakh children across the Union Territory. This required a multi-pronged approach. Booths were set up throughout J&K, ensuring easy access for parents.
But the department recognized that some children might be missed on the designated day. To address this, a meticulous house-to-house campaign was launched and it would be carried forward for a few days to ensure that no child is missed and every child, regardless of location or circumstance, has the opportunity to receive the life-saving drops.
The department’s efforts extend beyond logistics. Recognizing the importance of public awareness, they’ve prioritized widespread publicity.
Collaborating with the education and ICDS departments, they’ve developed informative material to educate communities about the importance of vaccination. This builds trust and encourages active participation.
This meticulous planning and proactive outreach are commendable. J&K’s Health Department is setting an example for the nation. Their dedication goes beyond statistics; it’s about protecting the future – a future where every child can walk, run, and play freely, unburdened by the threat of polio.
However, the success of this campaign hinges on community participation. Parents and caregivers have a vital role to play. It’s crucial to understand that even one missed dose can leave a child vulnerable.
Parents and caregivers have to ensure that their child receives the OPV. They shouldn’t hesitate to clarify any doubts they may have with healthcare workers.
National Immunization Day is not just about polio; it’s a celebration of vaccines and their power to prevent a multitude of diseases. Vaccines are safe, effective, and a cornerstone of public health. By ensuring complete vaccination coverage, we safeguard not only our children but also ourselves and the community at large.
Let us ensure every child receives the gift of a healthy future, free from preventable diseases. Let us not leave a single drop missed.
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