Workshop on state measles & rubella vaccination campaign begins

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Dimapur, June 18: A three-day programme for State measles and rubella vaccination campaign workshop and training of trainers Nagaland got underway today at Hotel De Oriental Grand, Kohima with Commissioner & Secretary Heath & Family Welfare, I. Himato Zhimomi as the guest speaker. Officials from WHO, UNICEF, Lions Club, officials representing Nagaland Government and UNDP also attended the programme.
In his opening remarks, Himato thanked all the officers from the Government of India and various other departments from Government of Nagaland for their cooperation and assured all possible help from Nagaland Government and urged them to work on a war footing. He said the department will ensure that no child will be left without immunization.
Director of Health, Dr Vikiye Medikhru informed that India is committed to eliminate measles and to control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020 and added that to achieve this goal measles and rubella (MR) campaign is being launched in the country covering all children from 9 months to below 15 years age group and mentioned that both diseases can only be prevented through vaccination.
State Expanded Programme Immunization Officer, Dr Kobunuo highlighted the objectives and methodology of Nagaland state measles and rubella vaccination campaign which is to train and orient key state and district programme managers on all operational components for planning and implementing the MR vaccination and prepare a poll of master trainers for conducting district workshop and to train all the medical officers in the state.
A power point presentation on broad understanding of the MR campaign strategy was presented by (Imm) MoHFW Government of India Dr Phaldar. Team Lead, East, WHO India Dr Debasish Roy chaired the inaugural programme. All together 71 doctors of Directorate of Health & Family Welfare and officials from other department are attending the 3 day programme.
(Page News Service)