Measles-Rubella campaign meetings held across state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 12:16:12 AM IST
A state wide Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign (MRCV) is to begin from October 3, where children from the age group of 9 months to 15 years are required to receive the MR vaccine, regardless of previous vaccinations. District Task Force teams of various districts organized and held meetings to prepare to coordinate their efforts during the campaign.
Kohima: The District Task Force for Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign (MRCV) was held with all the stakeholders for Measles–Rubella campaign at DC’s Conference Hall, Kohima on July 4. 
According to DIPR, the meeting was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner and chairman, District Task Force for Immunization, Kohima, Rajesh Soundararajan.
For the successful implementation of Measles- Rubella Vaccination campaign in the district and state as a whole, Soundararajan called upon all the line departments, Schools/Institutions, stakeholders and other organizations to extend their full cooperation and support within their respective areas.
District program officer RCH/VIP, Dr. Rupert Peseyie gave a brief highlight on the campaign of Measles-Rubella vaccination. He said that the campaign has been introduced in India along with the rest of the country to eliminate Measles and control Rubella in the country.
90,000 children have to be vaccinated in Kohima district he said. The vaccine is an additional dose, which is safe and effective vaccine, he stated.
Dr. Seema Singh Koshal, RRT-WHO said that 20 states had completed the campaign successfully across the country. According to her the duration of the campaign in Nagaland will be for five weeks where first two weeks will be dedicated to schools and institutions while third & fourth weeks will be in the community facility centers and the fifth week will be for the missed out children.
Dr. Seema also stated that the schools play an important role in this campaign where 80% of the children will be vaccinated in schools and 20% from the community, she therefore stressed on creating awareness on the MR vaccination for successful implementation of the campaign.
Project officer- UNDP, Rajesh KhastuMonsang also highlighted the role of United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and the status of Vaccine Store in Kohima district for the campaign.
Another meeting on District Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign workshop was held on July 5 with all the medical officers, nurses and health workers of five blocks under Kohima district at Conference Hall of Para Medical Training Institute, Kohima.
During the inaugural program of the training session, EAC Kohima, Changsang Soted suggested that the medical fraternity enlighten themselves about the diseases and how to treat them and avail the medical procedures and facilities available at various Health Centres.
Briefing on the objective of the workshop, Chief Medical Officer Kohima, Dr. Ritu thurr said that the main objective of the workshop was to acquire complete knowledge about Measles-Rubella, disease profile, disease definition, geographical distribution of measles, its preventive measures, and technical knowledge on how to inject Measles-Rubella vaccine.
Emphasizing on the Basic Strategic Operational Plans for Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign WHO RRT, Dr.Seema Singh said that the Measles-Rubella vaccine would be introduced through a campaign in phases across the country without sub-phasing within the states.
Tuensang: The District Task Force on Immunization meeting for Measles-Rubella Campaign (MRC) was held on July 4 under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Tuensang, L. Jamithung Lotha.
According to DIPR the DC said that measles was not new to the people and it is an infectious disease that kills many infants and young children. He asked the people to come forward and create awareness among the general public. During the meeting DPO(RCH-UIP) from CMO Office Tuensang, Dr. Tungchanpeni spoke about the details of the campaign.
Along with the WHO-Southeast countries, India also resolved to eliminate measles and control congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020. She also urged all concerned departments, churches, education institutions and parents to help the Medical department in order to achieve a successful MRV Campaign.
DCMO Tuensang, Dr. Temsu Longchar and VPD Surveillance from WHO - India, Dr. Arun Kumar also spoke in the meeting.
Zunheboto: District Healthy Society, Zunheboto supported by World Health Organisation (WHO) on July 3, organised a district planning workshop for the Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign.
According to the Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO’s) office, Zunheboto district media officer, Shekho Sophie, when delivering the keynote address, CMO Zunheboto Dr. C.W Tungoe welcomed the participants and briefed them on the objectives of the workshop.
Dr. Shankar Reddy, RRT (WHO) highlighted to the participants the country’s MR update, elimination strategies and basic strategies operational plans for the Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign.
He also spoke about the Micro Planning, recording, reporting and monitoring tools.
The training was attended by medical officers, BPMs, ASHA coordinators and the IEC bureau.
Another meeting was held for the Measles-Rubella Campaign (MRC) District Task Force, Zunheboto on July 4 at DC’s chamber, Zunheboto.
District media officer, CMO office Zunheboto, Shekho Sophie in a press release stated that Shanavas, DC, Zunheboto chaired the meeting. In his welcome note he encouraged and motivated the participants to take special initiatives because the MRC is a massive public health undertaking. 
Dr. Shankar Reddy, gave a brief overview of the MRC and highlighted the importance of coordination among the allied departments and civil societies. He also emphasized the role of DTF members that is to support, supervise, monitor and ensure implementation of quality MRC in the district. 
Dr. Alemwabang Aier, DPO (RCH &UIP), Zunheboto highlighted the problems and constraints.
Mokokchung: A district planning workshop for measles rubella (MR) vaccination campaign was held at IDSP conference hall Mokokchung on July 5.
A press release from DPMU Mokokchung stated that, Dr P. Medemmayang CMO highlighted the objectives of the global efforts to reduce illness and deaths due to MR in the country. Resource person Dr. Shankar Reddy RRT from World Health Organization (WHO) gave a slideshow presentation on basic strategic operational plans and other guidelines for the MR vaccination campaign. 
During the campaign regular routine immunization session will be conducted without interruption and once the MR campaign is over, measles vaccine will be replaced by the MR vaccine. The MR vaccination will start from October 3. Engum Project Officer UNDP discussed elimination strategies, planning, reporting and communication for MR vaccination campaign.
Dr Temsuyanger DIO (UIP&RCH) spoke about organizing vaccination session sites including injection safety and waste management in MR campaign. 

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