MRVC: 83,025 children covered till date

DIMAPUR, OCT 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/5/2018 11:41:56 AM IST

Health & Family Welfare department has informed that 83,025 children have been administered MR vaccination till October 5.

Informing this in a press note, mission director (NHM), Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru said “a total of 517 sessions were conducted in Nagaland on the second day of MR vaccination campaign with a coverage of 45,954 children bringing the total to 83,025 children till the time of compilation of reports.”

Dr. Medikhru said that the department will be continuing MRVC till the first week of November and any child who has missed vaccination at school sessions would be covered during outreach sessions and mop-up sessions. The department further thanked all concerned parents who have come forward to vaccinate their children, administration, School Education department and Social Welfare department for their constant support and co-operation.

Deptt refutes rumours on polio vaccine

Department of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Friday refuted the recent rumours regarding some batches of oral polio vaccine manufactured by Ghaziabad-based Biomed being contaminated with polio type 2 virus — a strain which has been eradicated worldwide, including in India.

In a press release, NHM mission director, Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru, clarified that Nagaland state did not receive any batch of the contaminated vaccine.

Dr. Medikhru said audit of oral polio vaccine was conducted by DoHFW at all health facilities in Nagaland as a follow up measure to confirm that no contaminated vaccines are being used or lying unused anywhere. 

The department has urged the public not to be alarmed by such news reports about isolated incidents. It encouraged all parents to trust the health care system and get all children vaccinated on time to be free from vaccine preventable diseases like TB, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, rubella, hepatitis-B, diarrhoea, JE and pneumonia.

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, only “a few vials” of bivalent oral polio vaccine were found to contain traces of contaminants. However, as per communication received from the DC (Imm I/c), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare GOI, the contaminated vials which were found “not to be of standard quality” belonged to 3 different batches of oral polio vaccines manufactured by M/s Biomed Pvt. Ltd bearing batch numbers B100218, B100318 and B100418.

The Drugs Controller General of India has asked the company to stop “manufacture, sale or distribution till further orders” and filed an FIR in this case. 

As a preventive measure and to contain any further public health issues, an order was issued to all the States to immediately and completely stop use of the said batches of oral polio vaccine.

Further, to enhance immunity against type 2-polio virus, special mop up rounds for administering Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) are being conducted in the specified areas (Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh) where the contaminated batches were issued to reach out to such children who may have missed IPV.

The contamination of oral polio vaccine does not mean that the vaccine is unsafe for administration as per statement made by Dr. Jyoti Joshi from the Center of Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDEP).


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