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Free Dengue testing extended in 33 govt hospitals: Brahm Mohindra
25.04.18 - Team PT
Free Dengue testing extended in 33 govt hospitals: Brahm Mohindra



CHANDIGARH, APRIL 25: In a major policy decision taken by the Health Department facility of free dengue testing has been extended in 33 centres across the state. It was announced by Brahm Mohindra, Health Minister, Punjab while chairing the meeting of the state task force on dengue held at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh here on the occasion of World Malaria Day.

Brahm Mohindra said that the other major initiative taken to fight the menace of dengue is that all the Medical Officers and Rural Medical Officers would be trained on the preventive measures required to check the outbreak and spread of Dengue. He said that earlier free dengue testing was available at only 26 centers which has now been extended at 33 centres. Divulging the details health minister said that now Sub Divisional Hospital Dera Bassi, Batala, Phagwara, Khanna, Nabha, Malout, Bhunga will also provide free testing of dengue. He said that the supportive treatment will be free in all Government Hospitals of the State upto Community Health Centre level where dengue wards will be established and these will be affixed with mosquito nets. He affirmed that Department of Health is committed to provide quality testing and management of dengue and other diseases.

During the meeting the preparedness of various stakeholder departments for upcoming season of dengue and other vector borne diseases was also reviewed by Brahm Mohindra. Taking serious note of spread of the dengue in the State last year strict instructions were given to Department of Local Government to procure the requisite insecticides and spray pumps and fogging machines before the onset of season of dengue as the responsibility of prevention of dengue in urban areas lies with Local Government. Instructions were given to issue challans of the premises from where breeding of mosquitoes is reported and to take immediate remedial measures to curb the menace of dengue.

Brahm Mohindra also instructed Rural Development and Panchayats department to identify ponds so that all of the water bodies be seeded with gambusia fishes in order to prevent breeding of mosquitoes and thus diseases like malaria and dengue can be prevented.

All the 11 stakeholder departments Local Government, Rural Development and Panchayats, Transport, Education, Medical Education and Research, Labour, Water Supply & Sanitation, Animal Husbandry, IMA, Roadways, Fisheries were instructed to ensure that all the offices under their jurisdiction do not have breeding of mosquitoes otherwise disciplinary action will be taken against the head of the building.

Instructions were issued to Indian Medical Association Punjab that doctors and laboratories in private should adhere to the guidelines issued by time to time and information of each case of dengue be shared with Department of Health otherwise action as per act will be taken against the erring institution.

Brahm Mohindra further appealed to public to participate in the campaign of preventing dengue by emptying and cleaning all the water containers like dessert coolers, flower pots, refrigerator trays and to cover all the water tanks once a week. Every Friday this exercise should be done in each household and every government and private offices to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. Health Minister desired that every government department must take lead in this and workforce should spread the message of "Every Friday: Dry Day” in every nook and corner of the State. Director General School Education was asked to replicate this "Every Friday: Dry Day” campaign in schools to generate awareness among the students.




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STATE-WIDE CAMPAIGN
Around 75 lakh children to be vaccinated against Measle/Rubella: Brahm Mohindra
20.04.18 - Team PT
Around 75 lakh children to be vaccinated against Measle/Rubella: Brahm Mohindra



CHANDIGARH, APRIL 20: The Punjab Government is going to initiate the "State-wide Vaccination Campaign against Measles-Rubella" from 1st May, 2018 as part of National strategy to eliminate Measles and control Rubella in the country.

Disclosing this here  today Health & Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra said that  already 3 phases of MR vaccination Campaign have been completed in 13 states covering around 7-8 crore children with this vaccine safely while Punjab is being covered in Phase 4. "An estimated 75 lakh children aged between 9 months to less than 15 years will be vaccinated in the campaign over a period of 4-6 weeks and the vaccination will first be conducted in schools and later in community through outreach sessions" he added .
 
He further said that Auto-disable syringes are used for vaccination of each child. These syringes are rendered non-usable after single use. All the vaccinators are highly skilled health staffs who administer vaccinations to the children in routine immunization in large numbers regularly following the best injection and waste disposal practices.
 
Talking about the road map to ensure coverage across the state Mohindra said that 5200 vaccination teams and 1733 supervisors have been deployed to cover about 29000 schools conducting nearly 59000 vaccination sessions in all districts. So far, teachers from about 28500 schools have been sensitized about the campaign.
 
Giving details about the MR he said that Measles is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus and an estimated nearly 49,000 children die from measles annually, making it one of the leading causes of child deaths in India. He said that measles can be prevented by immunizing children with two doses of measles vaccine, which is safe and effective. He said that Rubella is also another infectious yet mild viral illness affecting both children and adults that can cause death and disabilities in the new-born if an unprotected pregnant woman gets infected with rubella virus in early pregnancy. He further said that it also having the potential to cause abortions, stillbirths and severe birth defects known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), including deafness and blindness in the new-born child. 
 
He stated that the Goal of MR campaign is to accelerate population immunity by reaching 100 percent target children with MR vaccine that will reduce cases and deaths from measles and disabilities from Congenital Rubella Syndrome. He said that likewise Polio, it is now targeted to make state as well as country Measles and Rubella free by 2020.
 
Mohindra told that the campaign would be implemented by two strategies: School based and community based. He said that during school based campaign all children in Government, Government aided, Private, Army schools, Day Care centers and Crèches shall be vaccinated. Simililarly, during community based campaign all out of school children in age group of 9 months to 15 years shall be covered including children at Orphanages, Blind schools, Deaf Schools, Juvenile homes, Children of Jail inmates and Nomads.
 
He said that MR vaccine is safe and administered worldwide under Routine Immunization program as well as through MR vaccination campaigns. He said that MR vaccine used for the campaign is a WHO prequalified vaccine, produced under stringent and highly supervised conditions by Serum Institute of India which is one of the largest vaccine manufacturers and exporters globally with its vaccines used all over the world including American and European nations.




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Comment by: sukhwinder

I have heard that this vaccine is being experimented in India by the foreign scientists to check its side effects. How far is this statement true in this context ?

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