Navi Mumbai: Students vaccinated for measles

NAVI MUMBAI: In the first two days of the major against , the has so far given the preventive shots to over 38,000 . Among the children vaccinated so far was the son of NMMC commissioner . He is in fourth standard.

On Tuesday, which was the first day of the , over 22,000 school children were vaccinated, while on Wednesday, an additional 16,000 students were vaccinated for these serious ailments. The Mayor, Jaywant Sutar, also personally visited a few schools to check the vaccination drive.

The civic body aims to cover over 4.5 lakh children below the age of 15 years. The vaccination drive will be carried out across the city from November 27 to January 8.

Talking to the media earlier, the NMMC mayor said, “In our 430 municipal schools in the city, there are a total of 2,71,647 students up to tenth standard. They too will be given the preventive vaccines for measles and rubella (also known as German measles). Our target is to get over 4.72 lakh children vaccinated in this period.”

The civic health officials informed that all children from the age of 9 months to 15 years will be given the vaccines in order to safeguard them from these two serious diseases. They also informed that as per the 2016 statistics, there were 49,200 deaths of children due to measles in India, which is 37% of the total deaths due to this ailment across the globe (1,34,200) in that year.

Members of the , Navi Mumbai, is actively assisting NMMC in this vaccination programme.

The mayor further added that in order to create mass awareness on this issue, posters and stickers in Marathi, Hindi and English will be displayed prominently at various public places and also in schools so as to alert the citizens and ensure that they get their wards vaccinated for a better, healthier society.
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