Anti-measles campaign starts in Meghalaya
Shillong: The centrally-aided anti-measles
vaccination programme aimed at covering nearly 99 per cent of children in Meghalaya began in four districts Monday.
"We target to reach more than 6,66,000 children in both
rural and urban areas of Meghalaya," the nodal officer for the
anti-measles campaign, Dr M R Basaiawmoit, said.
The districts to be covered are: Khasi, Bhoi, Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills.
Basaiawmoit said the first day`s vaccination suffered
some minor hiccups when some superstitious villages protested
against the campaign.
"We will have to go to such villages and hold talks
with the elders to educate them on the need to have vaccination against measles," Dr Basaiawmoit said.
Meghalaya is ranked below the national average at 58
per cent and even below Mizoram where measles eradication
status stands at 62 per cent, Dr Basaiawmoit said quoting WHO
During the first phase of the anti-measles campaign
conducted by the government last year, about 14 million
children in the country were vaccinated.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Dausa car crash: Hema Malini injured, child killed; MP's driver booked for over speeding
- Islamic State trying to gain foothold in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir: Army
- Kapil Sharma shares pic with Salman Khan; ‘Comedy Nights...’ to go off air
- UPSC announces Civil Services Examination 2014 results; women bag top four positions
- Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova cruise into last 16