Kathmandu, November 25:
District Public Health Office (DPHO), Lalitpur, is all set to start measles vaccination programme on December 6, as a follow up of the national measles catch-up campaign.
Aimed at covering some 38,431 children of the nine month to five year age range; the DPHO has set up 99 booths in the municipality and 369 in the VDCs in Lalitpur district. Rishi Prasad Lamichhane, senior public health administrator at the DPHO, said the
campaign will be conducted in municipal areas starting December 6 till 8, while the same will be held from November 16 to 24 in the VDCs.
Envisioning measles elimination from the country by 2010, Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is carrying out a National Measles Immunisation Campaign beginning September 10.The campaign is slated to be conducted in two phases: the first started September 10 in 29 mid-western and far-western districts plus Manang, Mustang, Solukhumbu and Taplejung; and the second is starting December 6 in the districts in eastern, central and western development regions.
This is a follow-up campaign of the national measles catch-up campaign conducted during 2004 to 2005, vaccinating 9.4 million children aged between nine months and 15 years. The ministry now aims to incorporating 3.9 million children aged nine months to five years, who were left behind in the former campaign and to achieve a 95 per cent target.
Along with the measles vaccine, polio vaccine will also be integrated. The campaign is expected to reduce deaths caused by measles to the 2003 level by 2009 and to eliminate the disease by 2010. MoHP figures show that around 5,000 children died of measles in 2003, one death every two hours. The figure has improved in past two years.