Polio vaccination to be intravenous

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Sep 15, 2014-

The government is planning to administer intravenous polio vaccine from this year. The Ministry of Health and Population is set introduce doses of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) that bolsters the immune system and protects children from all types of polio viruses.

The government has been providing oral polio vaccine (OPV) to children in three doses at week 6, 10 and 14 respectively. From this year, the government plans to administer IPV to the children as the third and final dose of vaccination.

Dr Shyam Raj Upreti, chief of Child Health Division (CHD), said the introduction of IPV will help them halt the spread of polio virus while sustaining the polio-free status.

Nepal was declared polio-free by the World Health Organization on March 27 after maintaining zero polio case for the past three years. Following the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio that kicked off in 1988, Nepal started immunising children against polio.

Polio got particular focus since 1996 when the government started marking National Immunisation Day. The CHD states that every year around 675,000 newborns are administered with anti-polio drops. Dr Upreti said the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization has agreed to provide necessary support to Nepal for five years.

Published: 16-09-2014 09:19

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