In a commendable effort to combat polio and contribute to global health objectives, Lovely Professional University’s National Service Scheme Unit REFORMICA partnered with the Civil Surgeon of Jalandhar to organize a Pulse Polio Immunization Drive. This crucial initiative, which unfolded from March 3rd to 5th, 2024, across various strategic locations in Jalandhar, was a part of the broader Pulse Polio Campaign led by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. Targeting children under five years of age, this campaign aimed to administer polio drops and ensure a polio-free future for the next generation.

LPU-NSS volunteers played a vital role in the success of this campaign, administering polio drops to children at several key locations, including the Jalandhar Bus Stand, Jalandhar City Railway Station, Jalandhar Cantt Railway Station, and Haveli. Their dedication and hard work significantly contributed to the overall mission of eradicating polio from the country, highlighting the university’s commitment to social responsibility and community service.

The Pulse Polio Immunization Drive is more than a health initiative; it’s a step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. By actively participating in this campaign, LPU-NSS and the Civil Surgeon of Jalandhar align their efforts with SDG 1, aiming to eradicate poverty. The successful elimination of polio helps prevent the economic burdens associated with polio-related disabilities and medical care, thus contributing to poverty reduction. Furthermore, the campaign also resonates with SDG 3, which focuses on ensuring good health and well-being for all. By vaccinating children against polio, the initiative significantly contributes to reducing the prevalence of communicable diseases, improving child health, and preventing deaths and illnesses from polio.

This Pulse Polio Immunization Drive exemplifies the power of collaboration between educational institutions and health authorities in making a tangible impact on public health. The initiative not only underscores the critical role of vaccines in disease prevention but also demonstrates the collective capability of communities to achieve significant health milestones. It’s a testament to the fact that concerted efforts can lead to a healthier, more prosperous society, free from the threats of preventable diseases like polio.

The success of this campaign serves as a beacon of hope and a call to action for continued collaboration and participation in future health initiatives. It’s a reminder of the importance of community involvement in achieving global health goals and securing a brighter, healthier future for all children.