Parents and teachers attending the workshop on Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign held at St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Longleng on September 15. (DIPR Photo)
Longleng, September 16 (MExN): Workshop on Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign was held with the teachers and parents association at St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Longleng on September 15.
Dr. S Imnameren Phom DIO & DPO (RCH & UIP), Longleng asserted that lack of health awareness and preventative measures led to serious illness which causes death. He said that since medicines for certain diseases like Measles and Rubella are not available for treatment, the MR vaccines are provided by the Government to prevent such diseases from spreading and to eradicate it before 2020.
DPRO Longleng in a news report stated that responding to queries raised by the participants, Dr. Meren clarified that MR vaccine is the only protection for Measles and Rubella diseases. He clarified that MR vaccine is well monitored, very safe and was recommended by the WHO and UNICEF worldwide. He informed that like any other vaccination there may be anxiety, worry, nervousness and temperature in some children but these are normal and it happens due to lack of proper awareness and need not panic.
In case of any reaction after vaccines, he said medical professionals will be equipped with all required medication during the vaccination day. A vaccinated child will be kept for 30 minutes under observation to ensure its safety. Children who have been vaccinated for measles earlier can also be vaccinated again as a supplementary dose to provide additional protection to children, he added. Dr. Meren further clarified that no death has so far been reported for MR vaccination and appealed to the gathering not to believe in rumors spreading in whatsApp and social media. Invocation was proposed by Sr. Maria RD, Headmistress. Welcome address & introduction by Rev. Fr. Charles Phom Headmaster.
The MR Vaccination Campaign team led by Dr. Imnameren held the same programme at Christian High School, Longleng with the teachers and parents. It may be mentioned that MR Vaccination Awareness Campaign team have covered every village, blocks, wards, Churches, Schools and colony under Longleng district before the launch programme on October 3.