HAILAKANDI, April 26 - The Hailakandi district is moving closer towards reaching the target of immunization of children under two years of age and pregnant women under the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) launched in 11 identified villages as part of the ongoing Gram Swaraj Abhiyan. The exercise will conclude on April 27.
Meanwhile, the district is gearing up for the upcoming Measles Rubella (MR) campaign.
Orientation trainings are being conducted for principals, headmasters and nodal persons of 48 schools by the Additional Chief Medical and Health Office (FW) at GNM Training School in Hailakandi and at primary health centres in different parts of the district.
A day-long media advocacy workshop for sensitization of mediapersons for the upcoming MR campaign was also organised.
Introduction of the new Measles Rubella vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme aims to reduce childhood mortality and protect children from measles. The MR campaign targets around 41 crore children in the age group of nine months to 15 years, making it one of the largest ever immunization campaigns of its kind.
�Immunization is one of the most effective and cost-effective ways to protect children�s lives. Through full immunization coverage, we can make sure that the benefits of life-saving vaccine reach every child. The Measles Rubella vaccine, which will be provided in schools free of cost, in health facilities and at outreach session sites during the campaign, is another big step towards achieving our goals,� said Dr Avijit Basu, Joint Director, Health Services.
The health authorities have also completed all the necessary preparations for observing the Ayushman Bharat Diwas as part of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan in 62 gaon panchayats across the district on April 30. ANMs, ASHAs and other health functionaries are being trained to make the programme a success.