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  Metros   Mumbai  27 Nov 2018  Government aims at eliminating measles by 2020

Government aims at eliminating measles by 2020

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Nov 27, 2018, 12:35 am IST
Updated : Nov 27, 2018, 12:35 am IST

A target is fixed to provide this vaccine to 3.38 crore children.

Thane Municipal Corporation organised Measles Rubella vaccination campaign public awareness rally in Thane on Monday. (Photo: Deepak kurkunde)
 Thane Municipal Corporation organised Measles Rubella vaccination campaign public awareness rally in Thane on Monday. (Photo: Deepak kurkunde)

Mumbai: The state and Central government on Monday set a goal to eliminate measles and control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome by the year 2020.  

A six-week Measles-Rubella vaccination drive for children between the age group of nine months and 15 years will begin Tuesday in state, said state health minister Deepak Sawant.

A target is fixed to provide this vaccine to 3.38 crore children. The health department is ready to achieve 95 per cent target of vaccination. This vaccine is safe and the health minister appealed to the guardians to get their wards vaccinated.

Mr Sawant said, “Even if the vaccine has already been given to children they should again be vaccinated as an additional protection.”

He further added, “In the first phase of this ca-mpaign the programme will be implemented in every school in the state and Anganwadis throu-gh outsourcing. In the last couple of weeks, the children who were not vaccinated will be covered.”

The Measles-Rubella vaccine is being used in 149 countries since last 40 years. Proper training is given to ANM, ASHA and Anganwadi Sevikas to successfully execute this campaign.

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