Japanese Encephalitis vaccination for adults in Assam

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Assam is set to become the first state in the country to administer vaccination for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) for adults. The state department will start the vaccination from February 10 in Kamrup (Metro) district before moving to other districts.

The vaccination will be conducted at Dimoria development block and Chandrapur development block and cover about 1,05,726 people in the first phase. “It’s a major development in the state’s health scenario. We will try to cover as many people as possible and it will be of great help for the beneficiaries,” said Ulupi Phukan Baruah, joint director of health services of Kamrup (Metro). The campaign will cover all adults between 15 and 70 years. There will be 279 centres at various schools in the area. Medical teams with nurses and Asha workers will attend to the beneficiaries. A team will vaccinate 300 persons per day and the drive will continue till February 21.The health department conducted adult vaccination in Sivasagar district in 2011, after the outbreak of the disease. Dr Arun Baruah, who is also involved in the campaign, said Sivasagar is one of the worst-affected districts in the entire country. After Kamrup (Metro), vaccination will be carried out in Golaghat, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur.

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