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Tripura's Health Minister urges to make the State measles-rubella free
The MR Immunization programme will be launched in the State from September 15, 2018. Under the MR Vaccination drive, all the children of age groups between nine months to 15 years will be vaccinated. The Health Minister of Tripura has made a clarion call and has urged to make Measles and Rubella (MR) Immunization programme in Tripura most successful.

Let us join hands and make Tripura Measles-Rubella (MR) free State, said the Health Minister of Tripura Sudip Roy Barman today. The MR Immunization programme will be launched in the State from September 15, 2018. Under the MR Vaccination drive, all the children of age groups between nine months to 15 years will be vaccinated.

The Minister has made a clarion call and has urged to make Measles and Rubella (MR) Immunization programme in Tripura most successful. In the past, immunization programmes in the State were successful. "Owing to successful implementation of Universal Immunization programmes in the past the State has a below the national average Infant Mortality rate (IMR)", local sources said. However the Health Department is taking extra care this time to reach all of the targeted beneficiaries.

The Minister Sudip Roy Barman has urged all the stack holders including guardians to come forward and ensure not a single child remains out of the ambit of the MR coverage. He is also using social media to create awareness and reach every section of the society and generate public awareness.

In a Facebook post today, Sudip Roy Barman wrote, "Let us join hands with our stars to make Tripura more healthier". He urged, "Ensure that your child gets the MR vaccine at the right time and make Tripura Measles-Rubella free State.

The Health Department has also focused on media for generating awareness, and is holding workshops to sensitize mainstream media personnel. In Agartala, a State level media workshop will be held on Tuesday. Representative from UNICEF and Journalists of National media will grace the workshop.

The nation-wide MR drive is the largest ever immunization campaign in India which will cover around 41 crore children across the country between 9 months to 15 years of age. The first phase of MR drive was conducted from February 2017 in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Puducherry and Lakshadeep in which 3.6 crore children were vaccinated.

The second phase of the campaign started from August 2017 targetting 3.6 crore children in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Kerala, Daman & Diu, Dadar & Nagar Haveli.

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