Gangtok, July 3: (IPR)
As per directives from the Ministry, Government of India, a meeting of the State Steering Committee Immunization (SSC) for rollout of Measles Rubella (MR) Vaccination campaign under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, A.K. Shrivastava was held today at the Conference Hall of Tashiling Secretariat.
ADHS-RCH/State EPI Officer Dr. P.Denzongpa gave a presentation on the overview and operational framework for Measles Rubella (MR) Vaccination campaign in the state. The Measles disease is an acute viral infection spread via respiratory secretions and she elucidated in detail that this meeting was organized to ensure accountability framework, active engagement from other line departments for optimum monitoring and supervision during Measles Rubella (MR) Vaccination which is scheduled to be launched on July 29th and all school children in the age group of 9 months to 15 years will be administered MR vaccines in the state.
Dr Denzongpa briefed that the MR campaign would have a campaign duration of 30 working days and the target would be on educational
institutions, outreach sites (regular RI sites and additional sites in village/urban/wards, mobile teams, facility based session sites). Chief Secretary, A.K. Shrivastava went in detail over the inter-sectoral coordination which is required between all the relevant departments and the stakeholders. He extended his immense support towards this campaign and directed all the concerned Departments to mobilize resources and coordinate planning and implementation activities with other core departments such as HRDD, RMDD, Labour Department, Sports Department, IPR, Social Welfare Department (ICDS). He hoped that the spirit of continuity would be maintained by all and said that a mid-term review to check on its progress and status should be conducted.
Additional Chief Secretary, Shri G.P. Upadhaya also gave his valuable inputs and assured full cooperation from HRDD towards the campaign. He suggested that creating awareness is key at the moment and thus awareness through news,social media, FM should be catered so that people are aware of the Measles Rubelia (MR) Vaccination campaign in the state.
Commissioner –cum-Secretary, Health Department, Shri Vishal Chauhan thanked all the Departments for their continued support including the representatives from Rotary Club, WHO, UNICEF and hoped that this campaign would be a successful one in the coming days which would
greatly benefit in Measles elimination and Rubella control by 2020. Earlier an update on 2nd Round of HPV campaign was also given by ADHS RCH/State EPI Officer Dr. P.Denzongpa.