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Measles-rubella drive covers 52% kids in Bihar

PATNA: Officials related to the state govt’s lately launched measles-rubella vaccination campaign stated 52% of total target has already been accomplished.
World Health Organisation (WHO) officer for Bihar region Dr Nihar Ranjan Ray told this newspaper on Tuesday that of greater than 4 crore youngsters focused beneath the campaign, 1.96 crore were lined until date.

The five-week campaign, launched through state health minister Mangal Pandey on January 15, is being run beneath the aegis of Union ministry of health and circle of relatives welfare in conjunction with State Health Society. UN agencies like WHO and United Nation’s International Children Emergency Fund (Unicef) are also supporting the power. The campaign is basically for youngsters between 9 months and 15 years of age.

Dr Ray stated the crew used to be operating onerous to finish the objective throughout the stipulated time limit. “Officials of schooling and health department are operating onerous each day to make this venture a success. We are hopeful of meeting the objective through the first week of March,” he stated.

According to sources in health department, 18,000 auxiliary nurse midwives have been skilled sooner than the release of the campaign for vaccination. At least two lakh mobilisers have been additionally skilled to create awareness a number of the oldsters and teachers in regards to the grim fact of the illness.

As per scientific professionals, a number of countries have received immunity towards measles and rubella illnesses from the vaccination. According to WHO epidemiological experiences, India alone accounts for 36% of total measles and rubella cases in the world.

According to paediatricians, the twin illnesses are really unhealthy as they're communicable and there is not any particular remedy to them apart from vaccination. Dr Nigam Prakash, former head of paediatrics department at Patna Medical College and Hospital, stated, “Measles and rubella are air-borne communicable illnesses. Pregnant women who suffer from those illnesses normally ship deaf, blind and mentally retarded babies. The illnesses purpose multi-system harm to the foetus in mom’s womb. In some cases, the baby babies suffer from center ailments and congenital rubella syndrome.”

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