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National Polio immunisation programme rescheduled to January 31

The National Polio immunisation programme, as part of which children in the age group of 0-5 years are administered polio drops, has been rescheduled

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The programme, as part of which children in the age group of 0-5 years are administered drops, has been rescheduled to January 31.

The Day (NID), commonly known as Pulse programme, wasearlier scheduled for January 17 across India.

"The massive countrywide COVID-19 drive will be rolled out by Prime Minister from January 16. This would be the world's largest immunisation exercise. Therefore, it has been decided by the Ministry of Health in consultation with the office of the President of India to reschedule the Polio day, also known as the Immunisation Day (NID) or 'Polio Ravivar' to 31st January," the Union Health Ministry said.

The President will launch the Polio National Immunisation Day on 30th January by administering Polio drops to some children at the Rashtrapati Bhawan at 11:45 am, the ministry said in a statement.

"The decision is in keeping with the stated policy of the Health Ministry to ensure that COVID management and services as well as non-COVID essential health services proceed in tandem without adversely impacting each other," it stated.

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First Published: Thu, January 14 2021. 15:25 IST