Measles-rubella campaign launched

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SRINAGAR: Director Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization Dr Samir Mattoo and Additional District Development Commissioner Mehraj-ud-Din Monday jointly inaugurated measles-rubella immunization campaign from specially-abled children at Abhinandan home in Solina here.
Dr Mattoo said the administration was keen to cover entire 37, 72,960 children population within the age group of 9 months to 15 years in the state, as part of Government of India’s initiative to eliminate measles and control rubella by 2020.
In Srinagar district alone, 3, 07,002 children are targeted to be covered under this immunization programme. Around 691 children were vaccinated on the first day in four zones and one medical block in Srinagar district.
The Director said that the immunization programme is being conducted to prevent children from catching highly infectious and potentially fatal viral diseases like measles and rubella that continues to kill infants and young children.
He said that the Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) is an important cause of severe birth defects due to rubella diseases and passes on from mother to her offspring.
He also said that among 37, 72,960 children, 80 per cent of the target population are school going and as such schools shall receive maximum attention. The children will be covered in 29,382 schools across the state by 6062 trained vaccinators from the Department of Health.

In Budgam
The Health Department Budgam Monday started measles-rubella vaccination campaign across the district.
ADC Budgam Khurshid Ahmad Shah presided over a vaccination function held at GBHS Ompora Budgam in collaboration with ICDS and Education Department Budgam.
The ADC said that all schools must prepare a schedule and communicate with the parents about the vaccination.
On the occasion, a large number of children and students were vaccinated on spot by the technical and trained staff.
Similar vaccinations programmes were also organized across the district at Sub- District and Tehsil levels. Concerned SDMs and tehsildars presided over the functions.

In Bandipora
Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) Bandipora, Mohammad Qasim Wani on Monday inaugurated Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign here at Iqbal Memorial School.
On the occasion, the ADDC enjoined upon the organisers to ensure cent per cent coverage of MR vaccine immunization. He directed coordination of all departments including education, health, ICDS, municipality, rural development and others to make the campaign a success.