BHOPAL: Anti Measles and Rubella (MR) campaign to be launched in January, will target over 2 crore children in Madhya Pradesh from age of 2 month to 15 years. In this campaign, the Government of India has set a target for Measles eradication and Rubella control for children from 9 months to 15 years till year 2020.
Senior officials of all departments concerned including the health department will be involved to make the drive successful. State Vaccination Officer Dr. Santosh Kumar Shukla said. “Officials of all the departments will be involved in the campaign. Our target is to reach over 2 crore children from 2 months to 15 years. A detailed strategy has been prepared for measlesrubella vaccination.
The child who has been vaccinated against measles with (MCV-1) has to be given MCV-2 after at least one month in 16-24 months. At the age of nine months, the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine will be sent to the districts in place of Measles.” Khasra Rakshak Abhiyan was launched between year 2010 and 2017 in the state and 1.5 crore children between 9 months and 10 years were successfully administered the additional vaccine. In the previous years, vaccinations have helped eradicate Small Pox (chechak) in the year 1978, Polio year 2014 and maternal-infant Tetanus disease year 2015. So similarly, our aim is to make children free from Measles-Rubella, Dr Shukla added.