Himachal health and family welfare minister Kaul Singh Thakur on Sunday said it was a matter of great satisfaction and heartening to know that the state was polio free. The last case of polio in the state was detected in Nalagarh area of Solan district in 2009, the minister informed people while participating in a state-level pulse polio immunisation programme at Badsar kaswa on Sunday.
He inaugurated the pulse polio immunisation programme here by administering polio drops to a few children.
Director of health services Dr Kultar Dogra and chief medical officer, Hamirpur, Dr Paras Ram Katwal were also present on the occasion.
Solan district had topped the state in the pulse polio immunisation programme in 2013, he said.
Though polio had been completely eradicated from India, the process of immunising children up to 5 years would continue as a precautionary measure, he added.
As many as 7.5 lakh children in the state were immunised at 5,894 booths set up across the state on Sunday, said Thakur while appealing the people to get their children immunised at the nearest healthcare centre.
The government was doing its best to provide better healthcare facilities to the people, said the minister, adding around `1,187 crore would be spent on healthcare services from its annual plan during 2013-14. Besides `220 crore had also been approved for the state during the current fiscal year under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), he added.
He said the state had topped in India in implementation of various healthcare and family welfare programmes of the central government.
He said the government had been appointing 700 paramedic staff through the Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board. Dr Vishwa Mohan Katoch, union secretary (health), also participated in the pulse polio eradication programme here and immunised a number of children.