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Pulse Polio Programme for 2020

Current context: President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Pulse Polio Programme for the year 2020 at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 18th January 2020.
Pulse Polio Programme for 2020 
  • The President launched the programme on the eve of the National Immunization Day which is observed on 19th January 2020.
  • Under the programme, polio drops would be administered to over 17 crore children of less than five years of age across the country.
  • Polio booths have been set up across all states which will remain open from 9 am to 4 pm on 19th January 2020.
  • The programme is a part of the immunization drive of the Central Government to sustain polio eradication from the country.
  • Pulse Polio is an immunisation campaign which was established by the government of India to eliminate poliomyelitis or infantile paralysis caused by the poliovirus.
  • The disease leads to muscle weakness and inability to move among people and spreads easily from person to person.
  • The Pulse Polio was started in 1988 globally following World Health Assembly resolution in 1988.
  • Pulse Polio Immunization programme was launched in India in 1995.
  • Vellore, (Tamil Nadu) became the first Indian town to become 100% polio-free and the strategy was adopted in the rest of India in 1995.
  • India was declared as polio-free on 27th March 2014.


Q.1 The Pulse Polio Immunization programme was launched on a pan-India basis in which year?
a. 1988
b. 1994
c. 1995
d. 2014
Pulse Polio Programme for 2020 Pulse Polio Programme for 2020 Reviewed by Neha Verma on January 19, 2020 Rating: 5

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