Odisha to launch Measles Rubella vaccination drive from Jan 29

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government is all set to launch Measles Rubella vaccination drive from January 29 with an aim to eradicate the deadly diseases in the state.

The five-week campaign will begin from January 29 across the state, informed the Health Secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda here today.

Under the programme, children between the age group of 9 months and 15 years old will be vaccinated. The government aims 100% vaccination of all the children during the campaign, he said.

Initially, the vaccination programme will be held both in government and private schools in first two weeks. Subsequently, the campaign will be organized in community level, anganwadi centres and health centres in next two weeks. The children, who might have skipped the programme in last four weeks, will be vaccinated in the last week.

The pediatricians under Indian Association of Pediatrics have been asked to inform their patients regarding the vaccination campaign. They have also been urged to make people aware of the progarmme for measles and rubella virus eradication through posters at their respective hospitals and clinics.

Besides, the pediatricians working with the private hospitals have been asked to participate at the state level and district level awareness workshops to be organized by the government.

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