Bhopal: A street play Tika Toli on Measles and Rubella was staged at eight places in the city. It was part of two-day event, held at Monday and Tuesday. These places included – New Market, Banganga, Pratap Nagar, Iqbal Maidan, Parvarish The Museum School, The Pathfinder English Medium School Govindpura and Near Sam Girls College, Bagh Farhatafza Colony, Aishbagh and Nadra Bus Stand.
The play directed by Sahil Khan has been prepared in association with department of health and family welfare, national health mission, Youth Group which is the part of Youth for Children project which is implemented by ANSH Happiness Society in collaboration with UNICEF Madhya Pradesh .
It was presented by 14 artists: Sohaib, Anurag, Kanchan, Harshita, Rohit, Harsh, Ritisha, Vikrant, Sahil, Ananya, Rakesh, Shikha, Gourvnik and Krish. The play aims to create awareness on the dangerous consequences of measles and rubella diseases and motivate the viewers to get children around them vaccinated against measles and rubella.
In the play highlights the dreaded side effects and symptoms of diseases like cough, cough, fever and red dots in a very simple and interesting manner. Youth said that 47 lakh children have been safely vaccinated under this campaign. Significantly, in India, Measles and Rubella are one of the 10 dangerous diseases that can put in danger the lives of children.
The objective of this nationwide campaign is to eliminate measles and control rubella by the year 2020 in India. Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign is a special campaign to vaccinate all children of 9 months to 15 years of age group with one additional dose of MR vaccine, irrespective of their previous vaccination status.
Through this play, the youth appealed to each child to get Measles – Rubella vaccination which is available in the nearest health centre, Anganwadi and Government Hospital. They urged the viewers to abolish the misconceptions and rumours associated with vaccination campaign in the state and work on a child’s health with a positive energy to eliminate dangerous diseases like Measles – Rubella. At the end of the play the youth took oath that they would not be misled with any misapprehension and would make their society stronger and healthier.