Following the official declaration of measles outbreak in two villages in Churachandpur district, the District Family Welfare Officer (DFWO), Churachandpur has pulled its sleeves to contain further spread of the disease in the district.
According to official report, a child at K. Sinai village died of measles on June 5. Significantly, K Sinai village is located about 3/4 kms away from Churachandpur District Hospital. Measles outbreak has also been reported at Monglenphai village under Leisang PHSC of Samulamlan Block. Dr. Jam Thianlal, DFWO, Churachandpur issued ‘Outbreak Notification’ on Wednesday.
Additional director, FWS and state observer (Churachandpur district) of MR Campaign, Dr Th. Somorendra Singh rushed to the villages on Friday to collect reports of the outbreak at the instruction of State Immunisation Officer (SIO). The official visited the two villages on Friday and said the outbreak was due to ‘vaccine resistance’ by the villagers.
“The outbreak is due mainly to vaccine resistance by the villagers,” said Dr. Jam Thianlal. He added, “The victims (of these two villages) are found to be resistant families for MR vaccines in the two rounds of outreach sessions and one round of school session in the village.”
When contacted at his office on Friday, Dr Jam Thianlal cautioned that the outbreak can continue since there are some villages which resisted the MR vaccination which was launched in the district since March this year.
He urged all concerned to vaccinate their children aged between 9 months to 15 years against Measles Rubella at the District Immunisation Office or any nearest PHCs which can be done every day.
If all children are vaccinated, the disease would be prevented and the case may be eliminated in the entire state within two years, the DWFO said.
Additional director, FWS and state observer (Churachandpur district) of MR Campaign, Dr Th. Somorendra Singh urged the people not to panic but vaccinate their children at the earliest.
Source: Imphal Free Press