West Garo Hills Health Society conducts immunication programme for children

 Shillong, January, January 7, 2020: The District Health Society, West Garo Hills, Tura, today conducted an intensified immunization programme for children under Mission Indradanush at Cherangre which falls under Sampalgre Urban Health center.  The locality is said to one of the most resistant to immunization; and hence the special programme.

         The West Garo Hills, Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh attended the session as the Chief Guest.  Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner said that children in Garo Hills, particularly children in the rural areas are found to be iron and calcium deficient resulting in their stunted growths. Underlying the importance of Mission Indradanush, the DC said that immunizations and vaccinations of children is a must for their physical and mental growths.  Stating that marriage of girls below 18 years is prohibited under the law, he cautioned that bearing a child below 18 years is biologically and physically dangerous for the girl and well as for the infant.  The Mission Indradanush aims to immunize children under 2 years of age and pregnant women against eight vaccine preventable diseases of Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Measles, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Poliomyelitis and Diphtheria. A Central Government Programme, the Mission was launched on 2014 by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda.MMP

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