An inaugural function for Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign(MRCV) was launched in Sikkim at Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School, Gangtok.
India having successfully overcome the challenges of many diseases in the recent past it is now making a confident stride to triumph over measles and rubella. India along with ten other WHO South East Asia Region members countries have resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella/ congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020.
To take this agenda forward the State launched a five weeks campaign which will cover all schools including dropped out students, aganwadi centers etc at the village level. The campaign which is mandated by Government Of India aims to rapidly build up population immunity by reaching out to all target of children with the vaccine knocking out susceptible cohort and eventually reducing the associated morbidity and morality. Measles immunisation directly contributes to the reduction of under-five morality. In combination of with which the rubella vaccine will help control rubella and prevent CRS.
More than 30 crores children in the country have been vaccinated with MR vaccine during the on going MR campaign. Children in the age group of nine months to less than fifteen years should get the MR vaccine shot, it was informed.
Health Minister Dr. Mani Kumar Sharma, HRDD Minister iKungaNima Lepcha, Vishal Chauhan IAS Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare Department, Dr. Pemba Tshering Bhutia Director General Health, Dr. Phumsey Bhutia Additional Director HS-RCH cum State Immunization Officer,Shri K. G Topgay Director of Health Department, Dr. Dey Medical Superintendent CHR, representatives of WHO Dr. Mishra, Dr. Mehta, DrSubhendu, representative of UNICEF Dr. Meenakshi ,dignitaries, Senior Officials, Principal of Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School, teachers and students were present on the occasion.
Corresponding to the statewide launch of Measles and Rubella Vaccination Campaign (MRVC), South District also launch this ambitious programme at New Secondary School Namchi, today.
The programme was attended by District Collector South Ragul K. as the chief guest and was headed by the Chief Medical Officer South Dr. Sharda Rai alongside DRCHO South Dr. JunitaYonzon. Present amongst other were Deputy Director Human Resource Development Department South, headmistress of the school Rukmani Rai and other line departments officials. The programme was also participated by the staff of Health Department Namchi, guardians and health workers from various Non-GovernmentalOrganizations.
Addressing the gathering, the District Collector said that the nation has resolved to eliminate Measles and Rubella in the years to come. He stated that this statewide campaign commencing from today aims to rapidly build up immunity for both Measles and Rubella disease among the children. This initiative is expected to surely reach the targetted age group, with constant and active participation of the society along with the generation of mass awareness among the general public, he added. Mr. Ragul also urged the gathering to come forth and avail the benefit provided by the state government.
The CMO South in her brief address highlighted the importance of MR vaccination and also motivated the children to receive the doses. Simultaneaously, the vaccination programme was carried out at different government schools, Primary Health Centres, Primary Health Sub Centres and Community Health Centre in the district.
Around 318 children from the age group of 9 months to 15 years were provided the vaccination on the first day. A total of 40943 children in the district are also targetted for vaccination under this programme at diferrent schools and outreach centres.
The left out children will also be provided with MR vaccination at community based centres like Aaganwadi and NGOs in the district.
A month long District level Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign commenced in North Sikkim from today under Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department.
Inaugural session of the District level Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign took place here at the auditorium of Mangan Senior Secondary School, wherein District Collector, North RinzingChewang Bhutia, inaugurated the District level MR vaccination campaign by cutting the ribbon of the Cold chain.
The inaugural session said campaign had the presence of Chief Medical Officer, North, Shri D.C. Sharma, District Reproductive and Child Health Officer, North, Smt. Purna Basnett, Health Educator, Shri Rinchen Bhutia, Dr. Roshan Poudyal, HRDD Officials, representatives from Integrated Child Development Services, teachers, district health officials and students.
During the campaign children aged 9 months to 15 years will be given MR vaccine in a total 381 sessions in 17 different schools and ICDS centre of the District. The campaign will conclude on the first week of September. The campaign will be carried out in a two phases- i) School phase- Students will be vaccinated at school and ii) Community phase- children who have been left behind are vaccinated at District Hospitals and ICDS centers in the district.
In West Sikkim, MR Vaccination campaign was launched at Mangalbaria School and Darap Sr Sec School under Gyalshing West Sikkim.District Health Society Gyalshing headed by DRCHO, DPM, HEO and team with a Special Guest BikashJairu (Star Footballer of Sikkim, presently playing as Midfielder from Jamshedpur FC) in presence of Deputy Director HRDD, CDPO, Principal and other dignitaries initiated launching of Measles-Rubella Vaccine here at Darap Sr. Sec. Schoo today.