SHILLONG, Oct 3 - More than a lakh children have so far been vaccinated for Measles Rubella in the eleven districts of Meghalaya, Health officials here said.
Secretary Health and Family Welfare and Mission Director National Health Mission, Pravin Bakshi, said, till October 1, a total of 1,40,577 children have been vaccinated for the two diseases.
Bakshi said, at least two Deputy Commissioners themselves got their children vaccinated on the first day of the campaign. The photos of DC West Garo Hills, Ram Singh and DC North Garo Hills, Sibhi Chakravarty getting their children vaccinated was tweeted by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bakshi informed.
East Jaintia Hills had the highest vaccinated children so far with coverage of 41 per cent immunisation closely followed by West Jaintia Hills with 37 per cent. West Khasi Hills comes next with 22 per cent.
In Meghalaya, a total of 13 lakh children are to be vaccinated while throughout the country this figure stands at about 41 crore. Together with Meghalaya, a total of eleven crore children have already been vaccinated and protected against the two deadly diseases of Measles and Rubella.
Bakshi appealed to parents and teachers �not to believe in rumours or circulate misinformation. Indian Association of Paediatrics, World Health Organisation and UNICEF certify that the vaccines are completely safe�, he added.