Dibrugarh, Aug 3: To make the life of the future generations as well as pregnant women better and safe,measles-rubella vaccination drive for girls and boys between 9 to 15 years of age would begin from August 17 in Dibrugarh too along with different parts of the State, informed the Dibrugarh Joint Health Director, Dr. Udayan Kumar Baruah in a press conference held recently.
Held at the office of the Joint Health Director, the conference saw Baruah saying that despite the vaccination against smallpox being given to pregnant women earlier, the results were not satisfactory, for it caused more harm to the foetus. Therefore, he added that the new vaccination combination of measles and rubella would be introduced, which neither would cause diseases during pregnancy, nor harm the foetus in any manner. Baruah continued that the drive would cover around 3,52,200 boys and girls of the district, and the vaccinations would be administered through 2655 camps set up in 231 sub-health centres, 22 Municipality wards, 545 health establishments and 49 private health centres. The drive would also take within its fold 2137 government schools and 260 private schools of the district, which would complete the exercise within 2 weeks of its start. This huge exercise would also receive the assistance of 575 ANMs, 1298 ASHA workers, 2147 Anganwadi workers, and one teacher for each school.