Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda today gave pat to Telangana Government for taking up (IPV) Inactivated Polio Vaccination drive on a war-footing in the State.
Along with State Health Minister Dr C Lakshma Reddy, JP Nadda on Friday made a visit to polio center opened at Golnaka area near Imlibun Bus Station in the city. Speaking on the occasion after administering polio vaccine to a few children, the Union minister said the Telangana Government has taken up the polio vaccination program in a big way. India is polio-free nation and there is no doubt about it, he said.
Appreciating the Health wing for finding the virus, he said the protocol wing will take care of the problem. “There is good response from the people to get rid off the problem and heavy rush led to shortage of the doses, Nadda said. The Centre will send extra doses to the State to administer the polio vaccine, the minister added. There is no need of panic for the people on the spread of polio, he asserted. The Centre and the State governments are working in tandem to address the polio problem, which was not found in the last five years, Nadda stated.
Lakshma Reddy said they are offering IPV facility to rout the polio problem. “We have so far offered polio vaccination to 2.10 lakh children from six weeks to three year old children in 800 centers in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts, the minister stated. The vaccination drive will continue to cover three lakh to four lakh children in three days, he said. Lakshma Reddy also said the Centre was cooperating with the State government to address the polio problem.
BJP leaders Dr K Lakshman and G Kishen Reddy and officials were present. (NSS)