DHUBRI, Oct 15 - The ambitious initiative of the State to free the kids of Dhubri district from the curse of Rubella and Measles viruses by vaccinating has failed to yield the desired results due to ignorance of the guardians.
During the month-long Rubella & Measles vaccination drive by the State Health Department, 7,34,083 students studying in the 4,469 public and private sector schools were needed to be vaccinated, but only about 3.5 lakh students could be vaccinated.
In a meeting held recently in the office of the Deputy Commissioner regarding this matter, Vaccination Officer of the district Joydeep Bhattacharjee stated that 71 per cent students got vaccinated in the State, while in the district only 48.58 per cent students turned out for vaccination, which is unfortunate.
However, sources informed that the main reason for the poor performance of the district during the vaccination drive is the ignorance of the parents and guardians and wide circulation of different rumours regarding vaccination.
Meanwhile, the administration has urged the people of the district to cooperate with them in order to execute the vaccination initiative successfully.