MR vaccination campaign: Jammu paediatricians pledge support

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JAMMU: At a sensitisation workshop, renowned paediatricians of Jammu on Monday pledged their support for measles-rubella (MR) campaign starting in the state from September. The event was organised by Directorate of family welfare, MCH and immunisation J&K.
The campaign has been launched across India to meet the commitment to eliminate and control rubella/CRS (congenital rubella syndrome) in the country by 2020.
The upcoming measles-rubella campaign has set the target to cover all children in the age group of 9 to 15 years in phased manner. So far, 19 states have been covered and more than 9.5 crore children have been vaccinated with MR vaccine in the country.
The speakers at the workshop said that in Jammu and Kashmir, around 43 lakh children will be covered under this campaign and it will be a truly massive effort which will require partnership at all the levels.
At the workshop, all participating paediatricians solicited their support for the campaign and asserted it will help to prevent children from the measles and rubella virus infection.
Measles is a highly infectious disease which because cause of death of infants and young children in the country. Rubella infection in pregnant women disables a child for life with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) that may result in deafness, blindness and heart defects.
The workshop was chaired by Dr Rekha Harish, Professor & Head of Department of Paediatrics SMGHS Hospital Jammu.
Among others present were Dr L D Bhagat Assistant Director Family Welfare Jammu, Dr Sanjay Turki CMO Jammu, Dr Sunil Dutt President IAP Jammu Chapter, Dr GS Sani Professor Department of Paediatrics SMGHS Hospital and Dr DB Gupta senior renowned paediatrician. The workshop was facilitated by Dr Srinivasan and Dr Ravinder Pal Singh from World health Organization.
The workshop was attended by all leading paediatrician of Jammu division.
Meanwhile, the participating doctors took oath to guide the community for getting their children vaccinated against these dreadful diseases during the measles-rubella campaign irrespective of the previous vaccination status and help in achieving 100 percent target in the state.