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4 lakh children vaccinated against Measles & Rubella: Minister

4 lakh children vaccinated against Measles & Rubella: Minister
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Shillong, Oct 9 (PTI) Nearly four lakh children in the age-group of 9 months to 15 years have been vaccinated against Measles and Rubella in Meghalaya, Health Minister A L Hek said Tuesday.

The one-month vaccination programme, which was launched in the state on September 24, aims to cover 13 lakh children.

“Till date, 3,82,421 children have been covered in the programme including 1,93,855 girls,” Hek told media persons here.

He said East Jaintia Hills district led the coverage with 65 per cent closely followed by West Jaintia Hills district with 60 per cent coverage.

The Health Minister said the campaign was first taken up in schools because the target groups are of school going age and the vaccines will also be available across the state.

An outreach session for the non-school going children will also be taken up at a later phase, he said.

The MR vaccination was taken across the country with the Centre deciding to eradicate measles and rubella by 2020.

Measles is responsible for almost 50,000 deaths due to complications while there are estimated 50,000 cases of rubella cases in the country annually.

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