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Posted at: Jan 12, 2018, 1:26 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2018, 1:26 AM (IST)

Workshop held on measles, rubella

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 11

Mohammed Tayyab, Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, attended a measles rubella vaccination campaign-cum- workshop here today. He said measles and rubella were dangerous diseases and during an upcoming drive, no child would be left out of the measles and rubella vaccine campaign.

He appealed to the representatives of various NGOs to assist in making the campaign a success.

The workshop was held under Civil Surgeon Dr Harpreet Singh Kahlon and district vaccination officer, Dr Asha Mangat. Dr Asha Mangat said fever, rashes on body, cold and red eyes were some symptoms of the diseases.

If not treated timely, these can prove life-threatening, she added.

Dr Mangat said with vaccination, the prevention of the diseases was possible.

During the campaign, the vaccine would be administered to children between the age group of nine months to 15 years. Students of government, private and aided schools would be covered under the campaign, he added.

Dr Rishi Sharma, surveillance medical officer, from the World Health Organisation said due to measles,13,4,200 children died every year, of which 49,200 were from India.

He said until 2020, the WHO had a target to root out measles and to control rubella. Medical officer Dr Jigyasa said the campaign would run for a month.

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