Enthusiasm from people and the concerned department after a polio case has finally marked the National Pulse Polio Programme (NPPP). The first day of the programme, January 7, 2007 set a new 'optimistic and healthy outcome' and registered an average of over 80 per cent-90 per cent immunization in the state.
Project Director RCH Nagrota Dr Rakesh Khajuria and Chief Medical Officer Jammu Dr Shahid Mogual, who are monitoring the Jammu region, appreciated the response from the people to their call to combat Polio.
Both administrative heads said that the response of the people was healthy on the first day and they hoped to touch the set mark of 18.0 lakh children below 5 years approximately.
They said after the first day of Anti Polio, transitory teams of volunteers will conduct a door to door campaign to ensure that no child in the above said group will be left un-immuinized.
Encouraged from the first day's response, Dr Khajuria buoyantly said that tentative coverage of immunization on the very first day in Jammu division was quite healthy touching 82 per cent in Doda; 86 per cent in Jammu; 84 per cent in Kathua; 88 per cent in Rajouri; 90 per cent in Poonch and Udhampur covering 1/3 of the district's child population.
Assistant Director Family Welfare Srinagar Dr Salim Rahmen told that the NPPP concluded the first day of the first phase with Leh taking a lead by registering 99 per cent. Dr Salim mentioned that Anantnag registered 76 per cent; Srinagar witnessed 82 per cent coverage of NPPP; Budgam registered 89 per cent; Pulwama and Baramulla each touching 90 per cent.
He further said Kargil, though could not be contacted, will record over 90 per cent coverage despite the cold wave unlike the past.
The authorities have pulled up their socks for the first phase in the wake of a polio case detected in Jammu and a reportedly sharp rise in Acute Flaccid
Paralysis (AFP) cases in Jammu and Kashmir in 2005 and 2006.
National projections regarding AFP and polio have listed a sharp rise in AFP cases in Jammu and Kashmir in 2006 from 107 AFP cases in 2005.