Siang, Lohit, L/Subansiri gear up for MRV campaign

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Siang district Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh emphasized on the need for mass awareness about the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign to ensure maximum coverage in the district.
Addressing a district level coordination meeting at Pangin on Wednesday for successful implementation of the MR vaccination campaign in Siang district, the DC directed all the BEOs in the district to hold meetings with the principals, teachers and parents in their respective areas for information dissemination and to design their own plans for the campaign.
He also asked all concerned administrative officers, CDPOs and medical officers to closely coordinate with the schools for optimum coverage.
Directives were also issued to the DDSE to organize block-wise co-curricular, literary and drawing competitions under the theme ‘Measles-Rubella Disease: A curse to society’ in all schools on 26 January.
Ensuring all necessary manpower and support from the health department, DRCHO Dr T Mize sought cooperation from all stakeholders for success of the campaign.
At Tezu, addressing a meeting of the Lohit District Task Force on Immunization, Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman District Health Society, Karma Leki asked all the medical officers in charge of CHCs and PHCs to provide realistic micro-plan data for successful implementation of the upcoming vaccination campaign in Lohit district.
The DC also expressed satisfaction over the preparations of the campaign, which is as per the guidelines of the Government of India. He also emphasized on presenting exact figures to avoid unnecessary confusion and chaos which may hamper the target achievement and called for involvement of ASHA, Anganwadi workers and schools for success of the campaign.
The district has achieved 100 per cent coverage in Round -4 of Intensified Mission Indradhanush, informed DRCHO, Dr S Nayil, who also gave a presentation on the preparedness for successful implementation of the campaign.
At Ziro, the Lower Subansiri District Task Force (DTF) meeting on Pulse Polio Immunization (PPI) and MRV campaign was held at the conference hall of Gyati Takka General Hospital on Wednesday.
Presiding over the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen said that the success of the programme would depend on effective campaign, communication and sensitization of the masses, he exhorted the members present to reach out to the last man in the village through all possible means to ensure cent percent coverage of IPPI & MR vaccination.
Though polio has been eliminated from India, it is yet to be completely eliminated from our neighbouring countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, DMO Dr Tage Kanno said, adding that ‘we need to be very vigilant and carry out immunisation programmes with utmost sincerity.’
He further informed that the MRV campaign for children from 9 months to 15 years of age would run all throughout the month of February, for which vaccination team will go to schools in all villages of the district.
A mobile vaccination team will also be constituted to reach out to the people at unreachable areas, he said.
DFWO Dr D Likar gave the details of the programme and its planning through PowerPoint presentation. Block task force of Ziro-I, Ziro-II and Raga block for immunisation has also been formed, he informed.