FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Jan 24: East Siang is geared up for the month-long Measles-Rubella Vaccition Campaign 2018 (MRVC-2018) with target of 28,147 children to be immunised from February 1. The campaign is form children aged nine months to 15 years.
The status of preparedness was reviewed at the second DTFI and coordition meeting with key stakeholders – principals, vice-principals, headmasters, BEOs, medical officers, in-charge of PHCs, CHCs and urban PHCs – at DC’s conference hall here on Wednesday. The meeting for the campaign, to cover Ramle Banggo areas too, emphasised the need for proper implementation of respective micro plan. Chairing the coordition meeting on behalf of East Siang District Health Society Chairman-cum- Deputy Commissioner, EAC Headquarters Oli Perme sought timely completion and achieving the target of 100% immunisation in MRVC under tiol Immunisation Programme.
DRCHO, Dr T Gao gave a detailed presentation on micro plans involving manpower, vaccition sites and other measures. He underlined the need to ensure proper orientation of all ANMs and ASHA vaccitors, gram sevikas, health assistants, Anganwadi workers (AWWs), supervisors (ICDS) involved in the drive.
The role of nodal teachers, headmasters, principals and supervisors was emphasised. Support was also sought from PRI members, parents, and religious institutions including social organisations such as ABK.
The DRCHO said 60 million children have so far been vaccited that countrywide. “The success of the programme is in proper coordition of medical officers in charge and school authorities,” he said.
East Siang DMO, Dr Mandip Perme said not a single child should be left out of the vaccition. “The implementation of MRCV is under strict monitoring of the Centre and the state government. The micro plan must be sincerely implemented in schools and Anganwadi centres,” he said.
The vaccition will be held in three phases – first and second weeks in schools, second and third weeks in Angawadi centres and ‘Musups’ (community halls) and the third or mop-up round in the last week of February targeting the drop out/left out children.
Medical Superintendent, BPM, General Hospital and Training Centre, Pasighat, Dr Y Ringu Darrang, assured to provide all support in the upcoming drive.
ICDS Deputy Director Ponung Ering Angu also briefed on the orientation activities for AWWs /ASHAs for ensuing immunisation programme in February.
East Siang DDSE J Yirang also called upon the school and Block heads to extend all support and ensure proper coordition with the Health department and ensure that all targeted students are immunised under the campaign.
The MR vaccine is the only protection against life-threatening consequences associated with measles and rubella like pneumonia, diarrhoea and brain fever.