Bhopal: Campaign to eradicate measles, rubella from Jan 2019

A campaign will be started in January-February-2019 to free children of the state from Measles and Rubella disease. 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 by the year 2020.

Commissioner, Health Dr. Pallavi Jain, on Friday, reviewed the preparations for the campaign in the presence of senior officials of all departments concerned including the health department.  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 additional vaccines. Vaccinations have helped eradicate Small Pox (chechak) in the year 1978, Polio year 2014 and maternal-infant Tetanus disease year 2015.”

State vaccination officer Dr. Santosh Kumar Shukla said, “Detailed strategy has been prepared for measles-rubella 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.”

The department of public health and family welfare will continue to update along with the related departments for campaigning through video conferencing. The training programme of representatives of all 52 districts has been organised on 6th and 7th December.

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