Workshop on Rubella vaccination campaign

YUPIA/Ziro, Nov 27: A District Rubella Vaccination Campaign workshop was conducted by the District Health Society of Papum Pare, under Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner, Tai Kaye at the ZPC’s conference hall in Yupia on Monday.
Addressing the workshop, which was attended by all MOs in-charge, GNMs, health assistants and cold handlers of each health facility of Papum Pare district, the DC advised the health care delivery personnel to report timely at all their service delivery points.
He asked all participants to sincerely take up the Measles-Rubella campaign, which is slated to begin from February, 2018, while covering all children within the age of nine months to 15 years.
Earlier, DRCHO, Dr J Ado gave a PowerPoint presentation on MI-2 round and reported achievement of 92 percent of 0-2 years of age and 52 percent for pregnant women during the second round of IMI in the district. The third round IMI shall again start from December 7 to 14, 2017.
Dr Ado further asked all MOs in-charge to submit their micro plan at the earliest for the same by all IMI blocks.
Resource persons and other health officials also gave their inputs.
A similar meeting was held at Ziro, where Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen stressed on the need for collective effort from all the stakeholders.
‘Since 90 percent of the target population (9 months to 15 years) of the Measles- Rubella (MR) campaign are school children, the principals and the teachers of both government and private schools will have to be trained and oriented well for effective coverage of the immunization programme. There should be a continuous process of a two-way communication between the departments of Education, Women & Child Development and Health, for effective coordination and success of not just the MR campaign but all other national health programmes rolled out by the GoI,’ the DC said.
He further informed that all the private schools will remain closed for winter break in Ziro-Hapoli Township during the launch of MR campaign in the first week of February.
‘This could affect the coverage percentage. Therefore, emphasis should be given on the mop-up round to achieve the required target,’ he further added.
DMO, Dr Tage Kano said that after completely eradicating polio in the country, the MR campaign is an effort to eradicate measles and contain rubella.
‘With 49,200 deaths due to measles and the serious congenital problems related to blindness, heart, lungs, still births, etc due to rubella in pregnant women, the South -East Asia Region committee, backed by WHO adopted the goal of measles elimination and Rubella/ CSR control by 2020. In our state it will be launched in the first week of February, 2018’, he informed.
A group discussion on the implementation strategies to be adopted for effective coverage of the MR campaign was also held. It further decided in the meeting to hold orientation programmes for principals, teachers, CDPOs and supervisors, besides religious preachers and the media in the first week of December.
Earlier, on Friday last, a District Task Force meeting on Intensified Mission Indradhanush and Orientation on Measles Rubella campaign were conducted in the DC’s conference hall at Yingkiong under Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner, Duly Kamduk.
DRCHO, Dr Appir Apang highlighted the performance of the first and second round of Intensified Mission Indradhanush while, DMO, Dr Dubom Bagra suggested all MOs in-charge in the block level to carry the micro-plan preparation for all the eligible children for 100 percent vaccination coverage under the MR campaign programme.
Seema Singh Koshal of Rapid Report Team WHO informed the house regarding workshop on Measles Rubella campaign to be conducted with all stakeholders for cent percent coverage. (DIPRO)