Shimoga: All eligible children should be vaccinated with MR to protect against the deadly measles-rubella disease. In this regard, Dr. Selvamani R instructed the concerned officials to work in Yuddopadi and achieve the 100% target.
He was presiding over the steering committee meeting on Measles Rubella Elimination (MR Elimination) 2023 Roadmap Program and Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF). Measles rubella vaccination should be seriously considered. 100% vaccination should be carried out in Yuddopadi. Action should be taken to ensure that no eligible child is left out of MR vaccination.
The government aims to eradicate measles-rubella by the end of December 2023. The main objective of this program is to free children from MR virus infection and prevent deaths due to it.
The awareness program should be carried out effectively by visiting house to house and identifying children aged 0 to 5 years and ensuring that they have been vaccinated, tracing the children left behind, and giving them full vaccination to achieve 100% progress. And children with MR disease should be identified and given appropriate treatment.
A report should be submitted to the GP CEO on vaccination every evening. The CEO will review the progress on this every week. The DHO instructed that 100% vaccination should be done with the cooperation of local administrative bodies and departments by conducting a special survey in the taluks where vaccination is low.
Immunization is not just the job of the health department. He said that this is a collective responsibility and that the education department, women and child welfare department, and professional organizations should coordinate and make this program a success.
G.P.CEO Snehal Sudhakar Lokhande said that taluk medical officers, CDPO, and officials of local organizations should hold a meeting and conduct house to house campaign to achieve 100% vaccination.
RCHO officer Dr. Nagaraja Naik said that among the diseases related to the death of children under 5 years of age, acute diarrhea is also an important cause, and 5.7 percent of the total death rate is caused by this disease. In order to prevent this, a fortnightly intensive diarrhea control program will be organized in May or June every year. He said that ORS packages will be given to households with children aged 0 to 5 years and treatment and awareness will be given to children who have symptoms of diarrhea.
The district collector responded the rainy season is starting. ORS packets should be prepared and kept in all Anganwadis, schools, and primary health centers. Go door to door and create awareness about diarrhea control. Go to households with children under 5 years of age and give ORS package. He said that a micro plan should be prepared and IEC activities should be carried out effectively with awareness about hand washing methods everywhere
District Leprosy Control Officer Dr. Shama said that as soon as symptoms of leprosy are detected, one should get tested at the nearest government hospital. It is spread from the nasal fluids of untreated leprosy patients to healthy people through breathing. Therefore, as soon as the symptoms are noticed, one should go to the hospital and get checked. This disease can be completely cured with multi-drug therapy.
Last year 40 cases were detected in the district and 12 cases have been detected so far in the current year. He informed me that steps are being taken to eliminate leprosy through awareness programs, early detection campaigns, a national leprosy control program, and IEC in all taluks.
District Collectors should conduct continuous survey work for the eradication of leprosy, identify patients and treat them. By carrying out continuous survey work, G.P. A report should be submitted to the CEO, awareness work should be done in collaboration with various departments including Gram Panchayat. Anganwadi, and Asha workers should raise awareness about this in the community. This should be mentioned during the school prayer period. And more awareness and detection should be done in collaboration with NGOs. He suggested that action should be taken for effective eradication.
District Surveyor Dr. Mallappa said that on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on 31-05-2023, an awareness jatha was organized in the city and a rose movement was organized in the taluks.
At the same time, posters titled ‘Leprosy Detection Movement-2023’ and ‘Towards a Leprosy Free India’ were released.
DHO Dr. Rajesh Suragihalli, Deputy Director of Women and Child Development Department Suresh, District Program Officers, CDPOs, Medical Officers and officers were present in the meeting.