Karnataka is all set to introduce Measles-rubella vaccine along with Tamilnadu, Pondicherry, Goa and Lakshadweep in a bid to eliminate measles and rubella in the region.
The first phase of the programme will start in February which will have routine immunisation procedure i.e. the two doses of Measles vaccine administered at nine to 12 months age and 16-23 months age replaced by combined Measles Rubella (MR) vaccine.
The campaign will be conducted in all schools, all Anganwadi centres, all villages, towns and mohallas with a special focus on all migratory children especially children of labourers at slums, construction sites and brick factories. The State Health and Family Welfare Department targets to cover at least 95 percent of the children for the complete elimination of the disease in the region.
Commenting on the same, Shalini Rajneesh, principal secretary, health department said, "Under case-based surveillance system, every single suspected case is being investigated and lab confirmed without waiting for an outbreak to occur. This will help in tracking Measles virus and result in further decline of morbidity and mortality associated with the disease".