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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

World Polio Day: Let’s Defeat Polio, We have done that !!!

What is Polio?

  • Polio (also known as poliomyelitis) is an illness that causes sudden weakness/lameness of the limbs.
  • The polio virus affects mostly children below Five years.
  • The polio virus can be transmitted easily from one person to another.

Prevent Polio

  • Polio can be prevented by immunization with administration of polio drops at birth, 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 14 weeks, 18 months & 5 years of age.

Polio Knowhow

  • Polio causes sudden weakness or inability to use a leg and arm.
  • In children who are too young to walk, the mother may notice that one of the legs or arms appears floppy & weak.

Community Participation

  • Community members and parents can help by immediately reporting any child who develops weakness of either an arm and/or leg (without any injury), to the nearest clinic or hospital
  • When a patient with such weakness is taken to hospital, tests are done to ensure it is not polio
  • All parents and care givers must take their children to the clinic for polio drops at appropriate age

Remember

  • Polio can be prevented
  • A deformity caused by polio cannot be reversed – it is there for life.
  • A child is fully protected against polio if he/she gets all prescribed vaccine doses at the correct ages.
  • Immunisation is free at all Public health facilities.
  • Immunisation is the most precious gift that we can give to our children.

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For further information please contact your nearest hospital, primary health care centre or clinic.

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