Central Government On Alert Mode Regarding Measles Special Team Sent To Three States
Measles In India: The World Health Organization (WHO) report on...
Measles In India: The World Health Organization (WHO) report on measles has worried many countries of the world. Measles infection is also increasing rapidly in India. The central government has now prepared an action plan on this. Three teams have been sent to Jharkhand, Gujarat and Kerala. An increase in measles infection is being recorded in these three states.
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that can make young children seriously ill, but is usually kept under check because of widespread vaccination. However, its vaccination coverage has declined in the last few years due to the pandemic.
Children who did not get measles vaccine die in Mumbai
There is news of the death of 12 children who did not get measles vaccine in Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra. The health ministry had earlier this month deputed a central team of experts to probe the outbreak in Mumbai and they submitted their report last week. A total of 233 cases have been registered in Mumbai so far.
The new teams sent to Jharkhand, Gujarat and Kerala include three experts each from National Center for Disease Control New Delhi, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital New Delhi, Kalavati Saran Children Hospital New Delhi, Jawaharlal Institute of Medical Sciences. However, so far information has not been revealed that how many cases have been reported in Jharkhand and Gujarat. On the other hand, 82 cases were reported in Malappuram district of the southern state of Kerala in two weeks.
‘Vaccination affected due to corona’
An official said that the epidemic was the reason for the lack of vaccination. Another official said, “The vaccination schedule was affected initially due to the pandemic, but things got back on track almost immediately.” Let us tell you that India has set a target of 2023 to eradicate measles from the country. Measles used to be one of the leading causes of under-5 mortality in India, but according to government data, the mortality rate has declined significantly.
The Union Health Ministry has advised states to administer additional measles vaccines to children in affected areas under ‘outbreak response immunization mode’. “This dose will be in addition to the primary immunization schedule with the first dose at 9-12 months and the second dose at 16-24 months,” the statement said.
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