Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum district administration is going to launch a major vaccination drive against measles and rubella from 26th June onwards.
According to Dr Maheshwar Prasad, Civil Surgeon cum Chief Medical Officer, East Singhbhum, the vaccination drive would be launched in a campaign mode. Soon, the vaccines would be made available in all government hospitals and health centres, he said.
Dr Prasad, who convened a meeting to discuss preparations for the upcoming vaccination campaign, said the vaccines of measles and rubella had been included in the universal immunity programme. He said there is lack of awareness among the people regarding the two diseases and their vaccines.
“Jharkhand is the 22nd state of the country where measles and rubella vaccination campaign are in the fourth stage. A special focus is being laid on East Singhbhum,” said Dr Prasad.
At the meeting, the Civil Surgeon laid emphasis on ensuring coordination amongst different stakeholders to make the vaccination campaign a huge success.
Dr Sahir Pal, also present at the meeting, gave a Power Point presentation on the various aspects of measles and rubella vaccines. He said measles mostly affected children below 2 years of age. In Jharkhand, the disease has been mostly eliminated, he said, adding that even adults could contract the viral infection.
Dr Pal said the newly developed vaccines may be given to children of the age group from 9 months to 15 years of age. The vaccines will be administered free of cost in all government hospitals, anganbari centres, schools and mobile vans of the district health department, he said.