Many of u by now would have come across[or at least heard] the pulse polio programme being conducted annually by government of India but unfortunately most of u really don't know how much work,money and man power has been spent on this to reach the level it has today.
This programme is in fact just a part of Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) under Child Survival and Safe Motherhood Programme (CSSM) which was setup in 1992.The UIP envisages achieving and sustaining universal immunization coverage in infants with three doses of DPT and OPV and one dose each of measles vaccine and BCG, and, in pregnant women, with two primary doses or one booster dose of TT.
Since we are posted for duty in a referral hospital now we are getting to see the real practical picture of this.Here weekly 2 days have been assigned for this vaccination thing during which vaccines are put to the child concerned for absolutely FREE of cost and this is being carried out in all the major phcs and district all over INDIA[almost 1000s] 365 days a year. Unfortunately many of u are still under the impression that a good health care facility is the one with a posh building with ultra modern facilities and good nice looking ambulances[and nurses!] parked outside but thats not the truth.The real thing is that which provides the basic of basic facilities to the absolute needy and that too free of cost and its all happening here right here in INDIA!.So next time before criticizing and pointing out fingers at the government plz think twice and appreciate the work done by it!!...
hepatitis B vaccine.
p.s-only 2 more days here..then its phc[primary health centre],nelamangala.:)