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Dr Sharma to stand in queue to get his childrem immunisation doses

Written by: Staff

Guwahati, Mar 23 (UNI) Asom Health Minister Dr Himanta Bishwa Sharma is geared to keep the deadly Japanese encephalitis at bay by facilitating the success of the National Routine Immunisation Programme in the state.

To scotch rumours and 'misleading media reports' about the infection caused by encephalitis vaccination in some parts of the state, Dr Sharma has decided to stand in queue along with his two children to get immunisation doses administered on March 27.

Meanwhile, the state government has decided to move the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and appeal to the Gauhati High Court to restrain a section of media from resorting to adverse publicity against the ongoing immunization programme. This was decided during a high level meeting of health officials and Chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

Dr Sharma informed that the schoolchildren, who have reportedly taken ill after being administered the Japanese encephalitis vaccine in Jorhat town in upper Asom, have recovered. He claimed that the children were bogged down by other ailments and were not suffering because of the vaccination. ''According to the doctors' report, two of the children who have fallen ill were infected with malaria and the rest with diarrhoea,'' he said.

''Golaghat and Jorhat districts have been selected along with 19 other districts across the country for this national immunization programme and we have set a target of seven lakh children'' Dr Sarma informed.

The immunization programme was launched by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at Jorhat on Sunday last.

The state health minister said, '' We are bent on proving the detractors wrong. I am taking my son Nandil (5 years) and daughter Sukanya (3 years) for getting the vaccination doses administered in Golaghat and Jorhat respectively,'' he said.

He added there should not be any doubt over the immunization property of the vaccine since it had been certified by WHO and Unicef.

The Japanese encephalitis season starts from June and all the children in the highly prone districts of Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Golaghat, Tinsukia, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur have to be covered, Dr Sarma said.


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