Namrup: The Government of India launched the measles-rubella campaign in February 2017 with the goal of measles eradication and rubella control by the year 2002. Assam launched the MR campaign from August 17, 2018. On the 11th day of the campaign, in Naharani BPHC of Dibrugarh district, around 77,212 children were vaccinated with 97 per cent coverage.
The Subdivisional Medical and Health Officer of Naharani BPHC, Dr Biswajit Baruah stated that the efforts would continue to achieve coverage of 100 per cent with the coordinated efforts of the Social Welfare Department, Education Department and Health Department.
He further added, “Measles death is very high in our country due to poor immunization rate. In 2015, we lost 49,000 children throughout India due to this. Although the death rate in case of rubella is not serious, what is of utmost concern is that it causes congenital defects in babies if the mother is rubella infected. Still birth and abortion often occur and whoever skips this condition is born with congenital defects of heart diseases, blindness, deafness and mental retardation.”