From our Correspondent
Itagar, Feb 4: Clearing the air on a false video circulating on the side-effects of the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine, Chief Minister Pema Khandu got his children vaccited on Saturday.
Taking cognizance of the target set by the Centre for elimiting measles by 2020 and controlling the rubella virus, he appealed to the parents to bring their children between the 9-15 years for vaccition.
Health & Family Welfare Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering also called upon the stakeholders to achieve the target of keeping the State free from measles and rubella infection. Meanwhile, NHM MD Dr Tapasya Raghav dwelt on the need for immunization to reduce such cases. She said the vaccines are safe, potent, and are provided free of cost.
State Immunization Officer Dr D Padung also said the vaccine is free from side-effects. Emphasizing the significant role of the vaccine, Dr Padung said every child, irrespective of previous vaccition status, has to be covered.
Approximately 5 lakh children in the 9-15 years age group are targeted to receive a single shot of the measles-rubella vaccine under the measles-rubella vaccition campaign launched across the State, an official release stated here on Sunday.