Bhubaneswar, January 30: Dreaming of a country which is healthy and happy, the Pulse and Polio Programme was inaugurated last Sunday with the aim of having a polio free nation and keeping the children under five years away from polio disease.
With the aim of eradicating disease, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off a Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign that will cover around 1.13 crore children in the State. The drive will continue till March 26 and will cover children between the age group of 9 months to 15 years. After the campaign, MR vaccine will replace Measles Vaccine in the Routine Immunisation Programme.
The Health Minister Pratap Jena said that this MR vaccine is being introduced in the state for the first time in the immunisation programme. During the initial two weeks of the campaign, vaccination will be done in all schools. The next two weeks will see vaccination at the community level and the last week will be devoted to mop up activities in low coverage areas, both in schools and the community.
Measles and Rubella are two viral diseases which are among the major causes of illness and mortality in children. Measles is a serious illness affecting children below 15 years of age. Without proper management, it can lead to complications and even death. Measles vaccination is presently given under the immunisation programme.