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Japanese encephalitis vaccination drive begins
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Oct. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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A total of 4,861 children in the age group of 1-15 in Dimapur town were administered the vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE) in Dimapur on Monday.
The drive is part of a centrally sponsored mass vaccination programme under ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) and would be carried out in Dimapur and Mokokchung till October 13 from 8 am to 4 pm.
The mass vaccination programme was formally launched on Monday at district hospital Dimapur.
MS district hospital Dimapur Dr. Sukhato speaking at the brief programme appealed to all to extend cooperation with the hospital authority in its effort to eradicate spread of JE in the district.
Besides DMC CEO Nikhashe Sema who attended the programme as chief guest, Dr. Nikituo state programme officer national vector borne disease control programme Dimapur district programme officer & district Malaria officer, Dr. Imcha, Pathologist and Blood Bank in-charge Dr. Temsu and other senior doctors and nurses also attended the inaugural programme, followed by a vaccination drive.
The first dose of JE vaccine was administered to DMC CEO Nikhashe’s son.
Under the mass vaccination drive, 33% of the total population in Dimapur at the specified age group is to be vaccinated.
District immunization officer Dr. R. Chielie has appealed to parents to understand the gravity of the disease and urged all school authorities to cooperate with the conduct of the mass vaccination programme.
The medicines designed to protect children before the peak of the transmission season are exported from China costing about `4000 per vaccination, disclosed Dr. Temsu.
A one-time vaccination free of cost intended to give life-long immunity to children against the disease is not available in the open market. District immunization officer, Dr. R. Chielie informed that 422 schools, PHCs and CHCs including district hospital Dimapur will be open on all days for JE vaccination covering all non-going school children.
JE is one time vaccination campaign targeting children from 1-15 years of age. This vaccination has SA-14-14-2 the only effective preventive measures for the control of JE.
JE is a serious disability disease caused by a virus through the bite of culex mosquito which breeds in the paddy field and pig farming region of Asia, and has a high rate of 70% disability.

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