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National Immunisation Day

January 24, 2015 divider image


Polio eradication is at the heart of all Rotarians. “Do boond zindagi ki” is the punch line for a massive campaign run by the Government throughout our country. 18th January gave an opportunity to the Rotarians of our club to show their commitment to this cause. Although India is declared a polio free nation, the challenge of ensuring that no new cases arise is debilitating. Hence, the NID polio programme needs to be executed with the same seriousness as the previous years.

As every year, Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s zone no. 7 and areas coming under it were allotted to our club. Senior Rotarian Jehangir Doongaji, the Chairperson, is an expert in organizing this programme for our club and had meticulously planned the activity this year too. Prevailing winter chill did not deter the dedicated members of our club, mostly past Presidents, from arriving on the scene at 7.00 on this Sunday morning. The number of immunization booths allotted were 93, this year. Equally committed was the staff of Zone no, 7 under Dr. Ramteke, the Medical Officer in-charge. President Bharat Goenka administered the first dose of polio medicine to a child at the zonal office in presence of Hon. Secy. Manjot and other club members. NMC staff too arrived at the zonal office in time to pick up their respective medicine supplies and also the food packets arranged by our club and depart to their allocated booths. By 8’O clock the entire stock of medicines had moved out of the zonal office and here too logistic support arranged by our members helped NMC in ensuring that the immunization starts by 8.00 AM.

A Total of 19,147 children below five years of age and 160 children above five years of age were immunized under zone no. 7, this day. This is then followed up by NMC’s house-to-house, night visit and other transit teams of workers for administering the polio dose and ensuring that no child is left unattended. Lacs of houses are visited this way.

Members present on the occasion were Rtns. PDG Vishwas, Pres. Bharat Goenka, Hon.Secy. Manjot Singh, IPP Prashant Kale, PPs Gulab Mahant, Rajan Bhatia, Tauby Bhagwagar, Akhtar Parvez, Rtns. Shabbar Shakir, Jehangir Doongaji, Madan Pande, Pratap Chandarana & Prashant Rajurkar.

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