Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign commences in North district

Mangan, 29 July (IPR): Month-long District level Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign commenced in North Sikkim today under Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare Department.

The inaugural session of the vaccination campaign was conducted here at the auditorium of Mangan Senior Secondary School wherein District Collector, North, Shri Rinzing Chewang Bhutia, inaugurated the campaign by cutting the ribbon of the cold chain.

The programme also had the presence of Chief Medical Officer, North, Shri D.C. Sharma, District Reproductive and Child Health Officer, North, Smt. Purna Basnett, Health Educator, Shri Rinchen Bhutia, Dr. Roshan Poudyal, HRDD Officials, representatives from Integrated Child Development Services, teachers, district health officials and students.

During the campaign, children aged 9 months to 15 years will be given MR vaccine in a total 381 sessions in 17 different schools and ICDS centre of the district. The campaign will conclude on the first week of September.

The campaign will be carried out in a two phases: i) School phase- Students will be vaccinated at school; and ii) Community phase- children who have been left behind are vaccinated at District Hospitals and ICDS centers in the district.

Speaking on the occasion, DC/N, Shri Bhutia, urged the CMO and his team to prevent leaving behind children who do not go to school in order to achieve 100% coverage. He also urged the students to encourage their friends who were not present to get the vaccination. In case of any left out children, they can come to district hospital, ICDS centers or they can contact Aaganwadi workers to get vaccinated, he added.

Chief Medical Officer/N, Shri Sharma, said that the sole objective of MR campaign is to eliminate Measles and controlling diseases like Rubella.

Sharing his concern, he said that a mild disease like Rubella can affect the pregnant woman resulting in defective physical health of child.

Additionally, he also drew light on the fact that around 30 crore children in India have already received MR vaccination and it was completely safe.

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