Geyzing, July 23
The second coordination meeting of District Task Force for immunization (DTFI) for Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign 2019 under District Hospital, Gyalshing was held at the conference hall of District Administration Centre, Geyzing today.
The meeting chaired by District Collector, West, Mr. Karma R. Bonpo was also attended by CMO (West) Tsheten Namgyal Bhutia, District Reproductive Child Health Officer, Dr. Anusha Lama, Senior Welfare Officer, Mr. S.K. Alley, Child Development Project Officer, Mr. H.B. Shanker, Deputy Director, Human Resource Development Department, Mrs. K.D. Bhutia, Dy. Director (HRDD), Mr. P.L. Limboo, and other officials.
Various aspects of MR vaccination initiative in West Sikkim were tabled in the meeting and detailed report about modus operand of the task force involved in the vaccination programme was shared. Problems concerning vaccination programme was also brought forth in the meeting and mitigation of such problems were sought.
Dr. Anusha Lama in her brief address expressed that the government of India through health based initiative has a mission to eradicate measles by 2020 and bringing rubella menace under control in the country by 2020. She informed in West Sikkim MR vaccination programme would be initiated from 29th July to 29 August and more than 42,000 children belonging to age group of 9 months to 15 years would be included in the programme. She added that vaccination programme would be conducted at various educational institutions, ICDS, PHC, PHSC and community centres and the task force for implementation of scheme has been trained and ready. Informing that MR vaccination is expensive, Lama said that children through the vaccination programme could avail free vaccines. “We have planned to include all educational institutions, PHC and PHSC under MR vaccination programme as we want to ensure that no beneficiary is left out. A beneficial initiative as such as this must reach out to children in easy and effective way”, she said.
She further expressed that proper co-ordination amongst the governmental departments involved for executing the vaccination programme is very much needed to make the initiative successful.
CMO (west) Tsheten Namgyal Bhutia informed that it is for the first time MR vaccination in the state is being initiated and everything has been planned and set for successful conduction of MR vaccination programme in West Sikkim. He said that the task force executing the programme has been working continuously to make sure that each and every child get vaccinated.
DC (West) Karma R. Bonpo describing vaccination programme as beneficial and needed for children called for proper implementation of the programme. He maintained that more priorities should be given to remote and rural areas of West Sikkim where medical facilities do not reach easily. Saying that each and every department responsible for conduction of MR vaccination programme must play an effective role to make the programme far reaching and positive result oriented. He assured all the help from West District Administration.
DPMU (West) Digam Gurung placed the budget related issues and informed the house about plans and agendas of the concerned departments for carrying out vaccination programme in West Sikkim.