From a Correspondent
Dibrugarh, October 8: Deputy Commissioner MS Manivann formally iugurated the second phase of Indra Dhanush, a mission that aims to eradicate seven deadly diseases from 297 districts of the country including the district of Dibrugarh, by vacciting a child with two drops of polio.
The scheme Indra Dhanush endeavors to elimite diseases like TB, diphtheria, petrusis, polio, Hepatitis B and small pox. It was formally launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, on December 14 last year and all total 201 districts of the country were covered in the first phase of its implementation.
Indra Dhanush, which is a joint initiative of Central and State Government, endeavors to cover five lakh children of the district, said in-charge of District Joint Director of Health, Dr Paban Swarkar. He stated that one out of three children is deprived of immunization or is vaccited by chance. Such deprived children would be vaccited under Indra Dhanush for regular immunization.
This scheme will be implemented from November 7 for a week under which children will be immunized, and if necessary doses will be increased. As a first step towards execution of this scheme, the Deputy Commissioner here at Chandmari Ghat formally launched Indra Dhanush. Around 1,977 children and 283 pregnt women of 290 villages of the district who were earlier deprived of regular immunization, will be immunized under the scheme. Meanwhile, mobile health teams have been formed for this purpose.
Earlier, the iugural meeting was attended by the Joint Health Director of Immunization, Dr Atul Gogoi, ADC, Hemanta Kumar Das, social activist Kalpa Khaund, District Coorditor of WHO, B Bora as guest of honours.
The meeting was anchored by the District Joint Director of Health, Dr Paban Swarkar, while vote of thanks was offered by Subdivisiol Health Officer Dr bajit Gogoi.