Health Report Card of any country could be assessed by its statistics of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR):CM 18-01-2015
Chandigarh, January 18 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal said that the Health Report Card of any country could be assessed by its statistics of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR). Apart from this, implementation of programmes like pulse polio immunization for polio eradication also play a significant role in reflecting the health status of the country. The Chief Minister was addressing the gathering after administering pulse polio drops to children by inaugurating the first National Immunization Round of Pulse Polio 2015 at his residence here today. The Chief Minister administered polio drops to about one dozen children in the age group of 0 to 5 years which included children of Panchkula residing in sector 16, sector 12A, Rajiv Colony and nearby areas of Panchkula. He said that though our country is polio free yet the health department needs to remain always alert towards polio eradication with the help of agencies like World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, National Rural Health Mission etc. On this occasion, Additional Chief Secretary Health, Mr Ram Niwas apprised the Chief Minister that a target has been set to administer polio drops to about 40 lakh children under this three day campaign. As many as 16000 polio booths have been set up and 66000 vaccinators have been deployed there. The activity will be supervised by 3300 officers and officials and 1500 mobile teams will visit brick kilns, construction sites, nomadic sites and far fledged areas to vaccinate all high risk population. Mr Ram Niwas informed that one case of polio was found in Nuh town of Mewat in 2010. After that no case of polio has come to light. He said that directions have been issued to Deputy Commissioners and medical officers in all districts by preparing micro scheme to eradicate polio. He said that now IMR is reduced to 28 as compared to 41 earlier. Similarly, MMR was 146 as per census 2011 and a target has been set to bring it down to 80. Further stressing upon the importance of this polio round, he said that the danger of virus re-entering India from across the border with Pakistan, a country with more than 85 per cent of world polio cases in the year 2014 poses a serious threat to the polio free status of its neighbouring countries like India. He said that pulse polio booths have been set up near border areas with the help of agencies like WHO so as to ensure that polio virus do not enter our country. Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr Rakesh Gupta, Mission Director National Rural Health Mission, Mr Vikas Yadav, Director General Health Services Dr Narender Arora, Chief Medical Officer Panchkula, Dr S K Bansal, representative of WHO Dr Shiwani Gupta, district immuisation officer Dr Suman Jain, Deputy Director Child Health, Dr Suresh Dalpath and other medical, para-medical and ASHA workers were also present on this occasion.