Ambala distt included in Japanese Encephalitis campaign

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Chandigarh, May 21 (UNI) The Haryana government has decided to immunise about 3.75 lakh children of Ambala district against Japanese Encephalitis by including this district in the second phase of its campaign against this vector borne disease.

While stating this here today after presiding over a meeting of senior officers of the Health Department of Ambala, Haryana Director General Health Services, Dr Avinash Sharma said in the first phase of this campaign, 6.5 lakh children between the age of 1-15 years in Kurukshetra and Karnal districts had already been covered.

She said in addition to the officials of Health Department, Anganwari Workers, Gram Panchayats, officials of Education Department and social workers would also be engaged in this drive against Japanese Encephalitis. She urged the officials of Health Department to apprise the people about the factors leading to breeding of mosquitoes which cause Malaria, Dengu and Japanese Encephalitis.

She said the Civil Surgeon of Ambala, Dr V K Sharma has been directed to ensure that no child is left uncovered under the campaign and all members of the team should be trained in immunisation.

She also urged the people to cooperate with the health department and get their children immunised at the nearest health centre as Japanese Encephalitis could lead to mental ailment and paralysis.

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