WHO told- 4 crore innocent people missed measles vaccine, Government of India tightened its back… health teams deployed
Measles is spreading rapidly among children in India. Ranchi, Ahmedabad, and Malappuram have seen an increase in measles cases among children. At the same time, many children have also died due to this disease. Meanwhile, a joint publication report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that there has been a steady decline in measles vaccination coverage since the onset of COVID-19.
In 2021, around 40 million children worldwide will miss a dose of the measles vaccine. 2.5 crore children did not take their first dose while 1.47 crore children missed their second dose.
9 million cases of measles worldwide
According to the WHO report, in 2021, there are an estimated 9 million cases of measles reported worldwide and 128000 deaths. 22 countries have faced severe outbreaks. Decreased vaccine coverage, reduced measles surveillance, and interruptions and delays in vaccination due to COVID-19 as well as continued large outbreaks in 2022 mean measles is a threat in every region of the world.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that routine measles vaccination programs were severely disrupted during the Corona epidemic. Millions of children had missed out on vaccination against deadly diseases like measles. He said that the vaccination programs have to be brought back on track only then this disease can be controlled again.
The government of India has tightened its waist
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday said that it has decided to depute separate high-level multi-specialists to Ranchi in Jharkhand, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, and Malappuram in Kerala to take stock of the increase in measles cases. These teams will assist the State Health Administration in taking public health measures and assist in conducting the required containment and control measures.
The ministry informed that the central team visiting Ranchi includes experts from National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RMLH), New Delhi and Kalavati Saran Children's Hospital, New Delhi, and Regional Health and Family Welfare Office. The experts from Ahmedabad will join the central team going to Ahmedabad and the team from Malappuram will include experts from Thiruvananthapuram.
Experts from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, and Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi have also been made members of the central team. Senior Regional Directors of the three states will coordinate with the respective teams regarding their visits. The three central teams will visit the ground level in all three cities and take stock of the situation.