Maharashtra teams up with World Health Organization to start statewide Rubella vaccination campaign

While speaking about the vaccination drive in the state, Dr Deepak Sawant accepted that the state government is finding it difficult to carry out vaccination drives in small towns. He urged WHO, to team up with Maharashtra government and help, the state to take vaccination to the grass-root level in 15 tribal districts

Maharashtra teams up with World Health Organization to start state-wide campaign Rubella vaccination campaign
Maharashtra Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant with WHO, India, representative Henk Bekedam ( to his right)

To eradicate Rubella measles which is an infection carried by the rubella virus, from Maharashtra, the state government has teamed up with the World Health Organization. Maharashtra is set to start a massive statewide vaccination campaign against Rubella measles beginning from Feb 2018.

State Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant said, “Children aged between 9 months to 15 years, will be vaccinated for Rubella measles under this campaign.”

World Health Organization (WHO), India representative Henk Bekedam, had a meeting with Dr Deepak Sawant on Friday to discuss about the nitty gritties of the campaign.

WHO the umbrella body of the healthcare sector around the world, stresses on mass vaccination campaigns across the globe. Speaking on the Rubella measles vaccination campaign WHO’s, India representative Henk Bekedam said, “From next year WHO, would be carrying out mass vaccination campaign for against Rubella measles in Maharashtra with the help of the state government”

During the meeting with Dr Deepak Sawant, Mr Henk Bekedam, also praised Maharashtra, for its’ ‘‘Mahatma Phule Janaarogya Abhiyan’. Mr Bekedam added, “Under this health scheme treatment and free operations are also carried out by the state, which helps the common people at large”

While speaking about the vaccination drive in the state, Dr Sawant accepted that the state government is finding it difficult to carry out vaccination drives in small towns.

Dr Sawant urged WHO, to team up with Maharashtra government and help, the state to take vaccination to the grass-root level in 15 tribal districts.