West Garo Hills district has made a remarkable achievement in health care by crossing the target of polio immunisation for children in its first round that took place in January this year, with the help of frontline healthcare workers like ASHAs in the villages.
Celebrating the day, also called National Vaccination Day, at Tura Circuit House on Wednesday, the success story was narrated by the district immunisation officer and DMCHO, Dr Ivonne M Sangma, to Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh and the invited guests.
The district had set a target of inoculating 82223 children, under the age of 0 to 5 years, against the crippling disease of polio in January this year.
“During the first round of polio immunisation, the target for West Garo Hills was 82223, but the district has given polio immunisation to 83460 children, which is 101 percent achievement,” announced Dr Sangma.
‘This was made possible due to the efforts of vaccinators, mobilisers and health department staff who manned stations at various health centres and went on a door-to-door visit to make sure no child missed the dose,’ she stated.
Hailing the effort and the services of all the frontline health care workers, Dr Sangma announced that the celebration is significant as felicitation of frontline health care workers is being carried out to acknowledge their immense contribution in ensuring immunisation of the vulnerable children. The DC, who was present at the felicitation as the chief guest, saluted the health care workers for their “dedicated and multiple services rendered to society”.
“The (health care workers) have to be appreciated because all year round they render continuous medical and health related services for the people of the district. I hope they continue with their dedicated and selfless services,” said Singh.
Certificates of appreciation were also handed over to the health care workers.
The event was held under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
COVID VAX FOR 12-14 YEARS FROM NEXT WEEK
District immunisation officer, Dr Ivonne Sangma, has informed that vaccination against Covid for children in the age group of 12 to 14 years will begin from next week in the session sites and health centres and across the district.
Necessary documents required to obtain the vaccine are either an identity card, school identity card, Aadhaar and ration card among others.
The second dose of the vaccine will be provided after 28 days, informed Dr Sangma.