DTF meet on MR campaign held across State

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Dimapur, July 4: The District Task Force for Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign (MRVC) was held with all the stakeholders for Measles – Rubella campaign in the DC’s conference hall, Kohima on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner and Chairman, District Task Force for Immunization, Kohima, Rajesh Soundararajan, IAS.
For the successful implementation of Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign in the district and State as a whole, the chairman called upon all the line departments, schools/institutions, stakeholders and other organizations in MR vaccination campaign to extend full cooperation and support in their respective areas. He requested the line departments to extend cooperation & support during the head counting survey of the children to achieve realistic target in the campaign. The DC also noted that duplication of data in regard to double enrolment of children particularly in schools, Angawadi Centres etc. has to be checked while conducting the survey.
District programme officer RCH/VIP, Dr Rupert Peseyie gave a brief highlight on the campaign of Measles-Rubella vaccination which is to be carried out on October 3 next across the state of Nagaland. He said that the campaign has been introduced in India along with the rest of the country to eliminate Measles and control Rubella in the country.
Stating that children holds one third of the population in Nagaland as per the 2015 census, Dr. Peseyie said that a number of 7 lakh children has to be vaccinated during this campaign across the state where 90,000 children have to be vaccinated in Kohima district. He said that children from the age group of 9 months to 15 years are required to receive the MR vaccine, an additional dose, which is safe and effective vaccine besides the other vaccination routine. He said that measles is a contagious viral infection which is serious for small children and Rubella is a mild contagious viral infection where both the diseases can be easily prevented by vaccine. He therefore sought involvement of every stakeholders and line departments for the successful implementation of the campaign.
Chief Medical Officer, Kohima, Dr Ritu Thurr stated that the Government of India is dedicated to eliminate Measles-Rubella by 2020, he therefore sought every responsible citizen to extend full support in this campaign. He also expressed his confidence that with the support of District Administration, Politician, Stakeholders, Schools & Institutions, the campaign will be able to carry out successfully in the district.
Dr Seema Singh Koshal, RRT-WHO informed that 20 states have completed the campaign successfully across the country and hoped that the campaign would be successfully implemented in Nagaland. She said that the duration of the campaign in our State will be for five weeks where first two weeks will be in the schools and institutions while third & fourth weeks will be in the community facility centres and fifth week will be for the missed out children.
She pointed out that there are four main pillars for the successful implementation of the campaign, which includes micro planning, awareness, training and supportive supervision where every individual has an important role. Dr. Seema also stated that the Schools play an important role in this campaign where 80% of the children will be vaccinated in school and 20% from the community, she therefore stressed on the importance to create awareness on the MR vaccination to the people for successful implementation of the campaign.
Project officer- UNDP, Rajesh Khastu Monsang also highlighted the role of United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and the status of Vaccine Store in Kohima district for the campaign.
Zunheboto: The District Healthy Society, Zunheboto supported by World Health Organization (WHO) organized a one day district planning workshop for Measles Rubella vaccination campaign on July 3.
In his keynote address in workshop, Dr CW Tungoe, CMO Zunheboto briefed about the objectives of the workshop and encouraged the health workers to work hand in hand with other allied departments. He also encouraged the health workers to work with dedication and sincerity for the upcoming MR campaign.
Dr Shankar Reddy, RRT (WHO) facilitated the participants on the country’s MR update, elimination strategies and basic strategies, operational plans for Measles Rubella vaccination campaign. He also stressed on micro planning, recording, reporting and monitoring tools. He also highlighted about the rollout plan with timelines and other guidelines.
Dr Alemwabang Aier, DPO (RCH & UIP), briefed about the AEFI treatment/management during MR campaign. He also stressed on organizing vaccination sites including injection safety and waste management during MR campaign.
Dr Mulusato Keyho, MO I/c Asuto PHC highlighted about the school micro planning for MR vaccination campaign.
Shekho Sophie, media officer, spoke on the objectives of the MR communication plan. He briefed about the importance of advocacy with the stakeholders and social mobilization. He also stressed on capacity building of health workers.
The training was attended by medical officers, BPMs, ASHA coordinators and IEC bureau.
Tuensang: The District Task Force on immunization meeting for Measles-Rubella campaign (MRC) was held Wednesday under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Tuensang, L. Jamithung Lotha.
The DC said that measles is not new to the people and it is an infectious diseases that kills many infants and young children. He asked all concerned to come forward and create awareness among the general public.
During the meeting DPO(RCH-UIP) from CMO Office Tuensang, Dr. Tungchanpeni highlighted on Measles-Rubella Vaccines campaign (MRVC) which will be launched in the state on October 3.
DCMO Tuensang, Dr Temsu Longchar and VPD surveillance from WHO – India, Dr Arun Kumar also spoke in the meeting. (Page News Service)