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Over 10 lakh children in Meghalaya given MR vaccine

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

Over 10 lakh children were given Measles-in taking the coverage in the state to over 92 per cent, a senior department official said on Thursday.

"Out of 11.56 lakh children, 10.67 lakh were vaccinated during MRVC with the coverage of the to over 92 per cent," secretary said.

He was addressing at the state level workshop on the MR and Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation programme here.

"Though the state has achieved 92 per cent, the target is to achieve 95 per cent by intensifying in the days ahead," Bakshi said.

The secretary has also stressed on the need to give special focus in areas where vaccination was refused and also the check the size of the population of such areas.

In districts where coverage percentage is low, Bakshi said dedicated cells would be created to make calls to private hospitals, schools and community about the importance of the vaccination.

In the last couple of years, about five outbreaks have been investigated in the state in which three cases were confirmed positive for while the other two cases were confirmed positive for Measles, according to Health department statistics.

and are highly infectious viral infections that can cause severe disabilities like blindness, brain fever, deafness, and even death due to complications like and diarrhoea.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 18:40 IST