JONAI, Aug 18 - Along with the rest of the State, the Jonai Sub-Divisional Health Department in Dhemaji district also launched the month-long Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign at Jonai Murkongselek Girls� High School here today.
Launching the MR vaccination campaign, Jonai SDO (C) Nisarge Hivare urged the State Health Department officials to ensure 100 percent achievement and requested all sections of people to help the Medical Department attain full coverage of the vaccination.
While referring to scientists� report on the MR vaccine, the SDO said that the vaccine is completely safe and two fetal diseases can be prevented by a single vaccination.
In the meeting, Jonai Sub-Divisional Medical & Health Officer (SDM & HO) Dr Kishore Kumar Kaman informed that his department has targeted 55,158 children under Jonai Block from 9 months to 15 years of age for MR vaccination.
�We are targeting the educational institutions and then the Anganwadi centres for the task and will even conduct special campaign to cover the leftout children,� Dr Kaman informed.
As per official data, Jonai sub-division has a total population of 1,71,000, out of which 59,591 children are within the bracket of 9 months to below 15 years. Out of the children, about 41, 228 are studying in various Government and private schools and the rest 13,930 are involved in various Anganwadi centres or are school dropouts.
According to the doctors, Rubella is another viral disease having similar clinical symptom like measles. It affects both children and adults and can cause disabilities in the newborn if an unprotected mother gets infected with Rubella virus during early pregnancy. The virus has the potential to cause abortion, stillbirths and severe birth defects known as �Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS)�, including deafness and blindness of the newborn babies.
�Measles and Rubella are not only fatal for pregnant women, but also creates many complications such as blindness, mental abnormality and various cardio-vascular problems,� he added.
As per a WHO report, Measles and Rubella kill about 79,000 children in the country every year.
Among others, Jonai Block Elementary Education Officer Premadhar Doley, Block Programme Manager (NHM) Rose Baruah and other medical staff also attended the programme.
A team of medical officers, nurses and health workers conducted the vaccination drive in 68 school during the inaugural day and covered more than 4,500 children.
HAILAKANDI: Measles Rubella vaccination campaign got off to a start in Hailakandi district from today.
The campaign started as per the micro plan without any ceremonial launch in the wake of passing away of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee during which the entire nation will be in a state of mourning for seven days till August 22.
ANM, ASHA workers, supervisers and other health functionaries fanned out to different parts of the district to vaccinate schoolchildren against MR.
Vaccination was conducted in MV, ME, LP, Madrassa and high schools, both in Government as well as private, across the district.
�The campaign will cover altogether 1,486 schools as per the micro plan,� said Pritom Roy, Vaccine and Cold Chain Manager, eVin Project, UNDP.
Along with vaccination, awareness campaigns were also conducted in different parts of the district. There was little resistance in the minority-concentration areas, thanks to the roping in of Muslim clerics by the district administration and health authorities.
Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan had a meeting with the religious leaders from the minority community and appealed to them to extend support to the vaccination campaign in order to meet the target of over 2.16 lakh children in the age group of nine months to 15 years in the district.
The religious leaders were convinced by the health authorities about the safety and efficacy of the MR vaccine in eliminating Measles and Rubella viruses and in boosting the immune system of the children.
Later, the religious leaders pledged support to the campaign and assured that they would convince the people of their community to send their children for vaccination.