Rubella-measles vaccination drive off to a smooth start

NAGPUR: The mass vaccination drive for and kicked off in the city on Wednesday with Day 1 going off smoothly.

As reported by TOI, many schools asked parents to be present during the vaccination process. Though district-wide figures had not been collated till the time of going to the press, many schools told TOI that almost 100% participation was witnessed.

Anuradha Sardeshpande, principal of Modern School (Koradi), said that even tiny tots stood in the line without any problem. “Barring a few students who had allergies and unwell, almost everybody participated. Just two students opted out of the vaccination drive. I saw even the primary section kids completely unafraid of the needle with one of them saying the needle’s prick is just like the sting of an ant,” she said.

Dr Mohd Sajid, coordinator for the campaign on behalf of (WHO), said, “I visited many schools to supervise the vaccination drive and it went off smoothly. We have 32 planning units which have been pressed into action to coordinate for the drive and data from them will be sent to Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) health department.”

The 32 planning units are the primary health centres and hospitals that will act as nodal offices for schools in the catchment area. The vaccines to be administered and teams will be dispatched from these places.

Dr Sajid said, “All the visiting teams will report back with the data to these planning units. Every unit will then collate the data and send it to the NMC. It will contain data on how many students were administered the and how many are expected.”

The drive will continue till at least the third week of December and where ever the strength is high, it will be done over two separate days.

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