MR vaccine campaign: 84% target competed in Maharashtra, so far

So far, around 2.60 crores children have been vaccinated through the state’s measles-rubella vaccination campaign. Presently, 84 per cent of children in state have been vaccinated in Maharashtra

MR vaccine campaign: 84% target competed in Maharashtra, so far
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Moreover, three districts in the state, namely Nashik, Osamanabad, and Pune, have achieved the goal of 100 per cent immunisation.

Rural areas in the districts of Kolhapur, Bhadara, Dhule, Nashik, Satara, Wardha, Ahmednagar, Hingoli, Gadchiroli, Latur, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nanded, Jalgaon, Parbhani, and Thane have crossed 90 per cent of the vaccination drive.

Each year, around 50,000 deaths occur in India due to measles. In order to eradicate, a communicable disease like rubella, the health ministry of Maharashtra had initiated this campaign from November 27, 2018. The vaccination will be done free-of-cost at government-run dispensaries and primary health centres (PHC’s).

The aim of this campaign is to vaccinate children in the age group of nine month to 15 years. Now, after the further extending the campaign till January 2019, this vaccination drive aims to reach out to children who weren’t vaccinated in the earlier phase. Such children, will be given the vaccine through the second phase of the immunization campaign.

While speaking about the steps that the state government is taking to achieve its target which has been set, Maharashtra’s health minister, Eknath Shinde, stated, “A special team has been formed to vaccinate those children who are unable to attend school, due to economic reasons or other factors. This team will go door-to-door and vaccinate the children that have been left out.”

Shinde added, “As the doubts of the parents have been cleared they themselves take the initiative to get their children vaccinated in schools.”

He further said, “The health department is putting in their best efforts to clear any misconception related to the vaccination campaign. We have received a positive response from most of the schools. In order to achieve the target of 100% vaccination,  the health department is trying to increase the number of vaccinations done in the municipal areas of the state.”

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