Debriefing on M-R vaccination campaign held

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Dimapur, September 16: The Directorate of Health & Family Welfare held a state Debriefing programme on Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign on September 15 at IDSP Conference Hall, Kohima.
Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, I. Himato Zhimomi while delivering welcome note expressed gratitude to National Monitoring Team led by Dr. Debashish Roy, WHO India for coming to the state for preparedness assessment on measles Rubella campaign which is slated to be launched in the state by October 3 next.
He appreciated the sincere efforts of the national team for touring all the districts and assessing the response of the people despite pathetic road conditions and landslides occurring across the state.
He urged all the concerned departments to be active in their own respective roles and extend full cooperation with the medical department in order to achieve the set target. He also acknowledged the department officials for working enthusiastically with the national observers in assessing the preparedness for launching MR Campaign in the state.
Dr. Debashish Roy, WHO India presented the key findings and recommendations of preparedness assessment for Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign which the team has collected over the last few days for the entire state based on different parameters. The first outbreak of Measles Rubella in Nagaland was in Mon district in the year 2016 followed by Zunheboto and Longleng, he reported.
The objectives of preparedness assessment is to assess Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign preparations at state, district and sub- divisional levels. Besides, involvement of relevant stakeholders and partners during the preparations and also to identify critical bottlenecks and provide recommendations.
He mentioned that the team has visited eight districts and got to know the status of district preparedness assessment such as Kohima, Wokha, Mokokchung, Dimapur, Peren, Tuensang, Zunheboto and Mon which means 73% of the state has been covered so far by the team. The team while carrying out the preparedness assessment in the districts visited the schools, interacted the pediatricians serving in CHCs, PHCs and UMCs in addition to meeting of religious leaders, Indian Reserve Battalion, Assam Rifles etc.
He also reported that the DCs were actively involved in campaign and district level officials were found to be committed and helpful. State and district level workshops were completed on time and there is an adequate human resources available to carry out the campaign. Good coordination found between the government and partner agencies such as UNICEF, UNDP & WHO. State level communications such as brand ambassador for MR Campaign was selected, banners, posters & vaccination certificates printing is in process.
State media sensitization workshop & religious leaders group sensitization fixed for September 25, he informed. He also mentioned that the District Task Force meetings & Core group meetings had conducted in all the districts.
At the same time, he also recommended for review preparations with DCs through Video Conferencing and certification of readiness by DC of every district before launching MR Campaign. Sensitize all government and private doctors on MR Campaign and state workshop for media and religious leaders as early as possible. Distribution of logistics and IEC materials to facilities as soon as they are received at district. Special emphasis on urban planning at Dimapur & Kohima engaging Manila Arogya Samitis. Plan to address vaccine hesitancy and vaccination sessions in private institutions after completion of school phase.
He reported that the operational and communication preparedness have been found to be moderate for the state of Nagaland as such the state can be ready to launch by October 3, 2018.
Principal Director, Dr. Vikeyie Losu proposed the vote of thanks while SIO-UIP, Dr. Atoshe Sema was the moderator of the Debriefing programme. (Page News Service)