Ram Nath Kovind launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2018

Vastavam web: President Ram Nath Kovind today launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2018 by administering polio drops to children below five years at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.The president administered the drops on the eve of National Immunisation Day, which is observed tomorrow, an Union Health Ministry statement said.”We need to remain vigilant and maintain the population’s immunity, and carry out sensitive surveillance till global polio eradication happens as the poliovirus is still circulating in other parts of the world which may reinfect us,” Union Health Minister J P Nadda said on the occasion.

He said that the government is making all the possible efforts to protect children from diseases.To provide additional protection to our children, the health ministry has also introduced the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunisation programme, the minister said.Nadda said that the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) is focusing on to protect children from more diseases than ever before and has introduced several new vaccines such as the Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine and the Measles-Rubella vaccine.