The Central government with the collaboration of World Health Organization has initiated a nationwide vaccination campaign for measles-rubella. Following this, L. Jayantakumar Sing, Health and Family welfare minister of Manipur has launched a statewide measles-rubella vaccination campaign on Monday. This campaign was held at Ibotonsana Girls’ Higher Secondary School.
As per the report, the deadly disease measles has taken four life since February. The last child died on Wednesday at Phoklong in Tamenglong. The report also stated that, when those children died, there were around 60 measles-infected patients detected in the village.
Telling more about the situation, a villager informed that the disease also affected ten children in Namtiram village and now spread to other villages. The village is located around 4KM away from Tamenglong, and due to bad roads, it takes a one-and-a-half hour to reach the village.
- Rajo Singh, director of Health Services and National Health mission on 20th Marc announced that vaccination for measles would be started in all schools, government hospitals, and health centres. Nandakishwor Singh, State immunization officers, informed that the date of vaccination in hill areas would be decided later because of observation of Passion Week from 25th March to 1st April. He further stated that around 800,000 children would be vaccinated in 16 districts. WHO’s Representative Pranay Dutta informed that the vaccination is safe and will not develop any side effect in children. Jayantakumar Singh stated, “Welfare of society cannot be achieved if it is not free of diseases.”