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Immunisation drive for kids begins today

SPECIAL IMMUNISATION drive to protect young ones against five deadly diseases in remote and far off areas is all set to start from Monday. The six-day drive will run as a supplement to the routine immunisation programme to cover the children in remote rural areas where accessibility is very poor.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 21:43 IST

SPECIAL IMMUNISATION drive to protect young ones against five deadly diseases in remote and far off areas is all set to start from Monday. The six-day drive will run as a supplement to the routine immunisation programme to cover the children in remote rural areas where accessibility is very poor.

The significant part of the drive is that for the first time AD (auto disposable) needles will be used for vaccinating children so that there is no threat of transmitting deadly virus like HIV. The children in urban slums and outskirts will also be covered during the drive. The pregnant women will also be vaccinated against tetanus at the centre.

As many as 2008 centres will be set up in the district for vaccinating the children against diphtheria, pertusis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, BCG (anti-TB) and measles. About 432 vaccination centres in rural areas and 72 centres in urban areas will be set up on the routine immunisation days on Wednesday and Saturday falling on March 22 and 25.

Every ANM (midwife) posted at 12 D Type Health Posts, CHCs, PHCs and New PHCs have been directed to set up one centre each. On March 20, 21, 23 and 24 at least 944 vaccination centres will be set up in rural areas and 128 centres in urban areas.

The vaccination centres will also be made at TB Sapru (Beli) Hospital, Colvin Hospital, Dufferin Women's Hospital, Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital and in areas like Daraganj, Kydganj, Kareli and Sulem Sarai. The centres will also be set up in city outreach areas like Nevada and Naya Purva.

The new children will be issued a separate card to provide follow-up during the third phase of drive in May, informed coordinator BN Singh Yadav.
Meanwhile a meeting of district task force was held at the CMO office on Sunday afternoon to discuss the various aspects of the drive.

CMO Dr Shantimal Singhavi requested the officers of government departments and representatives of, DPRO, UNICEF, DUDA and CARE to cooperate in the drive to make it successful.

He said the cooperation will also be sought from Anganwadi workers, 'Asha' workers, gram pradhans and panchayat members during the drive so that not even a single child is left out. The meeting was conducted by district immunisation officer Dr Swatantra Singh.