Friday 30 August 2013

Cricketer RP Singh Launches ‘Nurturing Trees, Nurturing Lives’ Campaign in City

By 1 2 1 News Reporter

 Chandigarh, 30th August:---- Cricket Star RP Singh along with  Arjuna Awardee Golfer Harmeet Kahlon kick started  'Nurturing Trees, Nurturing Lives'  campaign with children, in the ground of New Public School, Chandigarh here this morning. The campaign was to spread awareness about the life saving vaccine offered as part of the Routine Immunisation (RI) programme.

Under RI, children are given life saving vaccines against 7 diseases, including polio. These vaccines are available free of cost at all health centres and are an absolute must to protect children against these deadly diseases.

 Speaking during occasion, R P Singh said that the young generation has the potential to bring about a huge change. Their individual efforts would together make a big impact. Their joining hands for spreading awareness on routine immunization would help save lives of children. In the campaign, the sapling is synonymous to a child who needs to be nurtured and protected against deadly diseases, just as the sapling needs to be watered and cared for to grow into a healthy tree.

Also present on this occasion Special Secretary Health, Chandigarh Mrs. Gurpreet Sapra said that child immunization was of utmost importance. You should spread awareness for this cause and ensure Routine immunisation for your children when you become parents, she remarked. 

While giving detail about the campaign the official said that the nationwide NTNL campaign was launched by Suresh Raina in Delhi on 24 February this year, on the first anniversary of India coming off the World Health Organization's polio endemic list. The Adani Group has partnered in the NTNL campaign to promote RI, especially in the high risk states for polio. Over 800 educational institutions across the country are expected to participate in the year-long campaign. Around 300,000 saplings are to be planted by youth and children who would pledge to spread awareness on Routine Immunization vaccines and polio immunization. Nearly 1.6 million children under the age of 5 years die in India every year. A large number of these deaths can be prevented with these lifesaving vaccines. With India's remarkable progress against polio this year, the polio eradication programme priorities have shifted to addressing polio associated risk factors to prevent poliovirus importation, the most important being boosting Routine Immunization coverage



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