IEP Chandigarh, January 9
Haryana Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Smt. G. Anupama said that as per the directions of the Government of India, the state government is committed to achieve the target of eradication of measles and rubella by December 2023 in all the districts.
Dr. G. Anupama said this today during the review meeting of the status of measles eradication target.
She apprised that the country has adopted the National Strategic Plan for Achieving and Sustaining Measles and Rubella Elimination, according to which, all children will be given 2 doses of the measles rubella vaccine by the age of 24 months and all districts should maintain a sensitive fever and rash surveillance as per the global surveillance benchmark to detect cases of measles and rubella”.
ACS, Health further instructed all Civil Surgeons to ensure that all Frontline workers ANMs, AWWs and ASHAs impart information on the 3 essential components of Health i.e. Immunization, Anemia and Nutrition whenever they interact with community. She further asked that civil surgeons to address the newly elected sarpanches in their districts and inform them about the various health programs in the state.
Sh. Prabhjot Singh, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Haryana, while sharing information said, “All districts were told to convene a District Task Force headed by the District Magistrate which will closely review the action plan with key performance indicators on a monthly basis to achieve MR elimination targets by third quarter of 2023, leaving 3-4 months to fill any gaps”.
Sh. Prabhjot Singh further said, “In view of the increased numbers of Measles cases being reported from various states of the country including Nuh and Palwal district of Haryana, Government of Haryana has decided to conduct Measles and Rubella Catch-up Campaign for administering an additional dose to all children from 9 months to 15 years to stop the transmission of the disease”.
The Department of Education was asked to spread awareness regarding immunization through rallies etc. and promote vaccination checks at the time of admission.
The meeting was attended by Sh. Sanjay Joon, Director General, Development & Panchayats Haryana, Dr Sonia Trikha-DGHS Haryana, Dr V.K Bansal-DGMCH, Dr. V.S Ahlawat-SEPIO, representatives of IMA, IAP, WHO and experts from PGI chandigarh and PGI Rohtak along with civil surgeons of all districts and other officials attended the meeting.