Dimapur, July 15: The 1st DTFI meeting on ‘Measles-Rubella’ (MR) Vaccination Campaign in Mon District was held at Deputy Commissioner Conference Hall, Mon on July 14.
K.Thavaseelan (IAS), Deputy Commissioner, Mon, who also chaired the meeting, called upon the entire stake holders to support and to be a part on vaccination campaign on Measles-Rubella(MR) starting from October 3, 2018.
For the successful conduct of immunization in the district he requested to all the concern departments, communities, churches, NGOs and Village Councils to play a vital role for proper implementation and to reach out to the target age group of 9 months to 15 years.
All parents and teachers were requested to ensure their children to be vaccinated from this life-threatening disease.
Dr. Danish Suhail, RRT World Health Organization, said that, ‘India is co-signatory to the goal of measles elimination and rubella/Congenital Rubella Control (CRS) by 2020’.
Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available and Rubella is a contagious, generally mild viral infection that occurs most often in children and young adults. Rubella infection in pregnant women may cause fatal death or congenital defects known as Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS), he added.
Dr. Danish mentioned that the target age group for this immunization is 9 months to 15 years irrespective of earlier immunization status or disease where Just one shot MR campaign and to reach 100% eligible children.
He also spoke on Implementation Strategy on MR Vaccine Campaign like Schools, Community etc.
Dr. Imtijunshi Aier, DIO Mon, spoke on the Roles and Responsibilities on support of departments other than H&FW like School & Mass Education, Women & Child development, Home Affairs, ST/SC development, Minority & Backward classes welfare, Information & Public Relations, Labour and Employment and Housing & Urban Development.
He also stressed on departments of Road Transport, Defence, Sport & Youth Services, Panchayati Raj and Tribal development for effective MR campaign.
Dr. Kechongol Sophie, CMO Mon in his wrap up notes stated that there are two types of people, one is to read the history and the other is to make history and he urged all concern to be a part to make history which is in our doorsteps to eliminate Measles-Rubella by 2020. Co-ordinate each other and give our best for our future generations, he added.
Various Officers from Medical department, 35th Assam Rifles, Superintendent of Police, District Programme Officer (RCH&UIP), District Welfare Chief Officer, District Public Relations Officer and District Administrators of Mon and representatives from WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, Red Cross Society, DPO (ICDS), KBBB, Konyak Union, KNSK, KSU, Jama Masjid Committee, World Vision, Catholic Community, Hindu Community, Media, Private Schools and KBCM participated during the Measles Rubella Campaign meeting. (Page News Service)