Baramulla: A day long awareness program on Measles-Rubella vaccination was held at Sheeri in Baramulla by the Health department on Friday.
A large number of locals, students, Asha and Aaganwari workers besides prominent citizens participated in the program.
The vaccination program was conducted in connection with the centrally sponsored campaign which aims at eradication of two highly infectious viral diseases – Measles and Rubella. The camp aimed at educating people, students and target groups about benefits of vaccination and the impact of the disease.
Block Medical Officer, Dr Farooq on the occasion highlighted the salient features of the programme and said, “Measles can cause serious complications and even death while as the Rubella is a mild viral infection and causes several birth defects including abortion, stillbirth and serious birth defects known as Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) to a pregnant woman.”
Deputy CMO Dr Jozy Bashir underlined the need to adopt the proper measures and guidelines for the overall safety. She said that health department is organizing such awareness camps at various levels for the welfare and safety of the people.
District Information Officer, Mudasir Hussain Choudhary stressed for creating awareness among the general public for achieving the objectives of the programme. He emphasized for organising such camps in far-flung areas, schools and other places of the district.
A Measles-Rubella Vaccination rally was also organised led by students, Asha and Anganwardi workers aimed at sensitising people about the importance of vaccination programme.