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State task force: JE vaccination to commence from Dec

Task force meeting on JE vaccination

Bhubaneswar: A state level task force meeting was held here on Wednesday to discuss the plans to start vaccination programmes in the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) affected areas of Malkangiri district.The meeting was chaired by Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, Arti Ahuja.

Apart from Malkangiri, the programme will also be implemented in Jajpur, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts of the state. During the meeting, State Immunisation Officer presented the plans and preparedness of the programme under which children from the age group of 6 to 15 will be vaccinated. Ahuja said, though the government possesses information on the estimated number of children to be vaccinated, the real head counts will be made through house to house survey. She has asked the officials to prepare the action plan by this month end.

Malkangiri Collector has already taken steps in this regard and the Health department is yet to draw up micro action plans for other districts. As per the guidelines of the programme, children with high fever, malnutrition, infected with  liver, heart and kidney diseases will not be vaccinated. Prior to the programme, wide publicity would be made through leaflets, miking, posters and banners to create mass awareness.

To attain cent percent coverage, special teams will be formed to see and evaluate the vaccination coverage in the hard reach areas. State and district level control room will be there to monitor the vaccination campaign.

Earlier during the meeting, Ahuja said the vaccination programme will commence from December this year. Among others, MD, National Health Mission (NHM), Shalini Pandit, UNICEF State representative, Umi Bae, WHO representative Arpit Pattanaik also attended the meeting.

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