Himachal launches measles-rubella vaccination campaign

Seeking to eliminate measles and control rubella in Himachal Pradesh, the state government has launched a vaccination campaign against the viral diseases, which cause deaths of thousands of children in India annually.

The vaccination programme, which will cover 18.67 lakh children between nine months and 15 years age group, was launched by Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur on Wednesday.

The minister said the vaccine of measles-rubella (MR) would be provided in 18,200 schools, anganwadi and health centres across the state.

The Government of Himachal Pradesh has also set the deadline of 2022 to eliminate tuberculosis in the state. Every year, nearly 15,000 new cases of TB are diagnosed in Himachal Pradesh.

However, the health indicators of Himachal Pradesh are better than the national average with total fertility rate at 1.7 against the national rate of 2.3, infant mortality rate at 28 as compared to 37 in the country, and the child mortality rate below five years at 33 against the national average of 43.

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