Indore: With an aim to eradicate measles and control congenital rubella syndrome, the state health department has started preparations to launch a mega-campaign for two months in January and February. Over 1.5 crore children in the state and over 10 lakh children in Indore district will be vaccinated with measles-rubella vaccine.
“We have started preparations for the mega campaign to eradicate measles and to control rubella. It is for the first time in state when such injections will be administered to the children between the age of 9 months and 10 years,” Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Pravin Jadia said. He said the campaign will be launched in schools, anganwadis and hospitals to cover almost every child. “We are aiming to achieve 100 per cent of the target and it will be a good number if we reach the 90 per cent as remaining will initiate action for getting vaccinated by their own then,” Dr Jadia said.
A state level training programme was organised by the health department in Bhopal, a couple of days ago, in which joint directors and CMHOs of all the districts were trained for the same. “We have been trained and informed about how the drive will be conducted and now we will start training programme of our sub ordinates for the same. Our main target will be the rural areas of the district,” the CMHO said.
The vaccination drive has already been conducted in 10 states including Maharashtra and Punjab. In Madhya Pradesh, a dose for measles was given to over 1.5 crore children between 2010 and 2017. “Auto-disable syringes will be used for vaccination of each child. These syringes are rendered non-usable after single use. Special training will be given to the immunization officers for administering the vaccine properly and for waste disposal as well,” the health officer added. Likewise, the department has been targeting to make the country measles and rubella free 2020.