New Delhi, March 10: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, here on Saturday, launched the 2019 pulse polio programme by administering polio drops to children below five years at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Coming to details, The launch was organised on the eve of the National Immunisation Day, which will be observed on Sunday.
"Over 17 crore children below five years will be administered polio drops as part of the government drive to support polio eradication programme," said a release.
Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, also present on the occasion, said the Universal Immunisation Programme was focusing on protecting children from diseases and has introduced several new vaccines, like pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, rotavirus vaccine and measles-rubella vaccine.
"To provide additional protection to the children, the government has also introduced the injectable inactivated polio vaccine in the routine immunisation programme," Nadda added.
Pointing out that the government was making all efforts to protect children from diseases, he said the vaccines under the programme must reach the last child of the country.