Third round of anti-measles campaign from today
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With 1.8 crore children immunised against measles in 38 districts, the Department of Health and Family Welfare is all set to start the third round of anti-measles campaign in the state from Monday. The campaign is expected to cover around 63 lakh children in the third phase.
The campaign will be kicked off by Nitin Agarwal, Minister of State for Medical and Health in Lucknow. All children between the age of 9 months and 10 years will be covered under the campaign, which will run for three weeks — in schools for the first week — before moving to community-based coverage. The third phase will cover 11 districts including Lucknow, Sitapur, Unnao, Ambedkarnagar, Barabanki, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Amethi, Shravasti, Balrampur and Bahraich.
In the earlier two rounds, held in December and February respectively, around 1.80 crore children have been immunized against measles, which kills around 1 lakh children in the country annually, the largest burden of which is shared by Uttar Pradesh. "We have reached a coverage of 92 per cent in the first two phase of the campaign. The third phase is expected to cover another 63 lakh children," said Dr AP Chaturvedi, Joint Director, Routine Immunisation.
The final round of the campaign will be held from April 22 in remaining 23 districts of the state. After a gap of six months from the completion of the campaign, the state government will introduce second dose of measles vaccine for children between 16 and 24 months in routine immunisation coverage.
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