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A child is administered polio vaccine at a booth in Kolkata, India.(AP/ File photo)

'Unforeseen activities': Govt defers national polio immunisation programme

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 11:52 AM IST
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan had said on January 8 that polio immunisation will be carried out on January 17, a day after the Covid vaccine rollout.
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A health worker administers polio vaccine to a child as another marks a child on her finger.(AP)
A health worker administers polio vaccine to a child as another marks a child on her finger.(AP)

Polio immunisation drive in Kerala postponed

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:17 PM IST
On January 8, Union Minister Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had announced a three-day national immunisation drive for polio from January 17 onwards, but the Ministry has postponed it in view of the Covid-19 vaccination drive.
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The Union health ministry has also written to all states and Union territories to identify people who can be utilised for the mass Covid-19 vaccination drive(AP)
The Union health ministry has also written to all states and Union territories to identify people who can be utilised for the mass Covid-19 vaccination drive(AP)

Polio, BCG infra to power vaccine plan

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 03:58 AM IST
The universal immunisation programme comes under the health ministry, and covers 25 million children every year, vaccinating them against a range of diseases including measles, polio, and tuberculosis.
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A child being administered pulse polio vaccine drops by an ANM worker.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)
A child being administered pulse polio vaccine drops by an ANM worker.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)

6-year-old in Jharkhand suspected of polio, samples sent to Kolkata’s IIS

By Debashish Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Jamshedpur
PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2020 11:15 AM IST
The WHO had declared India polio-free in 2014 following a sustained aggressive programme of administering polio vaccine to newborns across the country by the Central government.
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A major learning from polio is to be prepared to rapidly dispel misinformation and rumours that may lead to people refusing to get vaccinated.(AP)
A major learning from polio is to be prepared to rapidly dispel misinformation and rumours that may lead to people refusing to get vaccinated.(AP)

Learnings from polio on how to vaccinate 50 million

By Sanchita Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 01:58 AM IST
Most of the potential Covid-19 vaccines will have to be given in two doses to offer protection against infection or reduction in disease severity, which would mean that 400-500 million jabs of the vaccine will have to be given within six months. Is this possible?
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Researchers say environmental surveillance is by no means a replacement for individual case findings.(Parwaz Khan /HT Photo)
Researchers say environmental surveillance is by no means a replacement for individual case findings.(Parwaz Khan /HT Photo)

In Covid fight, India could learn from polio experience

By Prayag Arora-Desai | Hindustan times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 02:58 AM IST
New research suggests that testing sewage with traces of Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, could indicate the spread of the disease in a population.
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The WHO chief thanked India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for his leadership and engagement with the UN body to fight the global crisis.(AP)
The WHO chief thanked India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for his leadership and engagement with the UN body to fight the global crisis.(AP)

WHO chief hails India’s step to engage in polio surveillance network to fight Covid-19

By Asian News International | Geneva
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2020 09:32 AM IST
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the WHO have initiated a systematic engagement of WHO’s national polio surveillance network and other field staff, for Covid-19 response, WHO said in a statement.
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College students across the city joined hands with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday to keep the city free of polio.(Santosh Rawat/HT Photo)
College students across the city joined hands with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday to keep the city free of polio.(Santosh Rawat/HT Photo)

Every drop, step counts: Mumbai students join fight against polio

By HT Correspondent | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2019 02:49 AM IST
Students from various colleges in the western suburbs helped the civic body staff administer polio vaccine doses to children below the age of five.
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The fifth anniversary of a polio-free south east Asia is an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and the progress we have made globally over the last five years.(AFP)
The fifth anniversary of a polio-free south east Asia is an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and the progress we have made globally over the last five years.(AFP)

India was the turning point in the fight against Polio

By Chris Elias
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 10:41 AM IST
India’s success in eradicating polio has provided technical guidance for eradication efforts in the world’s three remaining endemic countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
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Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation officials lodged an FIR with the Kavi Nagar police station.(HT File Photo)
Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation officials lodged an FIR with the Kavi Nagar police station.(HT File Photo)

Tainted polio drop found in oral vaccine supplied by Ghaziabad pharma firm, one held

By Peeyush Khandelwal and Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad/New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2018 07:25 AM IST
As the vaccine is part of the government’s universal immunisation programme, the ministry has issued directions for the immediate withdrawal of this particular manufacturer’s vaccine.
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A WHO official said 4,64,865 children have been administered vaccination in the last four years at Nepal border entry points.(HT File Photo)
A WHO official said 4,64,865 children have been administered vaccination in the last four years at Nepal border entry points.(HT File Photo)

Scientists develop novel one-shot vaccine for polio

By HT Correspondent | Indo-Asian News Service, New York
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2018 06:33 PM IST
MIT scientists have developed a new nanoparticle vaccine that could assist efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. The vaccine, which delivers multiple doses in just one injection, could make it easier to immunise children in countries where the disease is still found.
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