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Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign to be launched in Delhi on Jan 16

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Measles-campaign covering near 55 lakh children in the age group of nine months and 15 years will be launched in on January 16.

The five-week campaign will cover all preschool children, school children (government and private) and out-of-school children in 11 districts of the national capital.

This was announced at a 'National Media Engagement Workshop' on Measles-campaign held here by with support from the UNICEF, the WHO and partners.

The objective of the workshop was to sensitise media about the ongoing Measles-campaign in and the state's preparedness for introducing the Rubella Vaccination (MRV) campaign, a statement by the said Thursday.

is committed to eliminate and and (CRS) by 2020.

The largest ever vaccination campaign worldwide aims to cover approximately 40 crore children in the age group of 9 months to less than 15 years of age.

Children will be given a single shot of Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination during the campaign. Since the launch in 2017, the MRV campaign has covered nearly 20 crore children in 30 states and Union Territories, the statement said.

Opening the workshop, Dr Pradeep Haldar, Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of and Family Welfare said, "Immunisation is one of the most effective and cost-effective way to protect children lives. The recently introduced measles-rubella vaccine, which will be provided for free in schools, during the campaign, in facilities and at outreach session sites, is another such step to achieve our goals."

The UNICEF, LIONS Club, Rotary Club, IMA, and have extended their support towards MR campaign in

has one of the largest immunisation programmes in the world, in terms of number of beneficiaries, geographical coverage and quantities of used, with nearly 26 million new born babies targeted for immunisation each year, the statement stated.

Rubella, which is commonly referred to as German is a mild infection, but can have serious consequences if it occurs in pregnant women.

India's newest MR also protects against measles, a major killer of small children.

Highly contagious, it spreads through coughing and out of 1,34,200 measles deaths globally in 2015, around 49,200 occurred in India nearly 36 per cent. Those who survive are more vulnerable to its complications such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the statement said.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:41 IST