MRVC: 76.62% coverage in 20 days

MRVC: 76.62% coverage in 20 days

Dimapur, October 25: The Measles Rubella vaccination campaign status in Nagaland till October 23 is 76.62% coverage, with a total of 4,48,504 children vaccinated so far.
The district wise coverage is Dimapur – 66.14%, Kiphire – 91.13%, Kohima – 71.27%, Longleng – 96.88%, Mokokchung – 95.36%, Mon – 88.08%, Peren – 85.73%, Phek -58.7%, Tuensang – 94.06%, Wokha – 80.51% and Zunheboto – 75.85%.
Giving the statistic at a State Task Force review meeting of the ongoing MRV campaign today at Kohima, SIO-UIP, Dr Atoshe Sema said that the vaccination campaigns were done in four types of session sites – educational institutes, outreach sites, mobile/special team and facility based session sites. He said support of departments other than H&FW are School & Mass Education, Women & Child Development, Home Affairs, Information & Public Relations, Housing & Urban Development, Civil Aviation, Road Transport, Defence, Sports & Youth Services, Panchayati Raj, Canara Bank, Lions Club, and SBI.
Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, I Himato Zhimomi, who chaired the meeting, urged the State and District Task Force and partners to continue their follow up actions and support in order to achieve high coverage. He suggested to the officers to highlight on the success story of the districts with high percentage of MR vaccination campaign to lead districts with lower response in order to create awareness of the importance of the MR vaccination.
He further appealed to all the parents to be well informed and avail the opportunity for the betterment of their children. He requested the media to continue their support in highlighting the coverage of MR vaccination.
SMO, Dr Sheila Longkumer said that overall, communication plans were well executed in the State through workshop for faith based organizations and media personnel and there was good involvement of staff at all levels of the State for the ongoing MRV campaign. Due to the good coordination between the departments and partners, the State has reached a target of 75% in 20 days.
She said that certain issues were identified such as negative messages related to prophecies, rumours and reporting of adverse events in neighbouring states which caused fear and hesitancy among the people which led to reluctance and refusal of the vaccines.
In order to achieve 100% target, she said there should be re-planning in the areas where enumeration and target setting has not been done properly, field validation of border areas/disputed areas to find missed pockets, State level special monitor for Phek district would be needed since that district has the lowest percentage of the MRV campaign status and the highest vaccine wastage percentage.
(Page News Service)