MANGALDAI, Aug 11 - The representatives of WHO, UNICEF, Assam and senior officials of the Darrang District Health Department have assured the parents and guardians of the children of the district on the safety and quality of the vaccines of measles and rubella that will be supplied by the government free of cost under the State- wide vaccination campaign to be rolled from August 17 next following some reshuffling of previous launching dates.
Dr Arup Kr Deka of WHO, Abhijit Basu Biswas of UNICEF, senior officials of the District Health & Family Welfare Department including its Joint Director Dr Ruplal Nunisa, Additional Chief Medical & Health Officer, Dr Prasanta Goswami and Dr Ashwini Kr Dhing, District Immunization Officer were interacting with media persons in a media sensitisation workshop at Youth Club, Mangaldai auditorium on Friday ahead of the launching of the health campaign. �The vaccine is totally safe and it is of best quality. It has almost zero side effect and not a single case of adverse effect following vaccination has been reported in the previous two phases of campaign conducted successfully in many states across the country,� shared Dr Deka.
Participating in a discussion on the possible serious adverse effects on the health of a child due to the attack of measles and rubella virus and also giving a brief account on the alarming previous records of these diseases in the country, Dr Deka expressed concern over the lack of public awareness and the rumours and misleading information spread among the common public about such mass health programmes. He urged the media to play a very vigilant role over such negative publicity and help the authority as well as the public with sensible news reporting to make the programme in the district a grand success.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion district health officials present spoke on the preparation for successful conduct of the programme in the district covering 2,58,949 children under four Primary Health Centres (PHC) and a single Urban Health Centre (UHC). Out of this, 1,66,097 are school children while the remaining 92,852 children who are out of school are scattered in a total of 628 villages. Senior journalists Bhargab Kr Das, Srawan Kr Jha and Hemanta Kr Barua also took part in the discussion.