Gandhinagar: Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani had on Monday inaugurated the state-wide measles and rubella vaccination program in Gandhinagar. In the next five weeks, 1.6 crore children across the state aged from nine months to fifteen years will be given the vaccines.

The program was kicked off from the Sector 7 government secondary school in Gandhinagar. CM Rupani said, “This campaign has been started to ensure that no child in Gujarat falls victim to measles and pregnant mothers don’t give birth to babies with a congenital deformity. The health department is determined to make Gujarat measles-free and thus this vaccination campaign will be undertaken in every school in Gujarat.

Rubella claims 40,000 lives of young children every year worldwide and the centre has targeted to make the country measles and rubella free and thus has undertaken the biggest injectible vaccination program.

The first two weeks, this program will be initiated in schools with students studying till class 10. The next two weeks will see the implementation of this program in anganwadis and health centres. This is going to cost the state exchequer Rs 300 crores. Around 70,000 vaccination sessions will be held across the state where 10,000 vaccinators will be deployed in teams. Other than that, 40,000 Asha workers and 50,000 volunteers too would join the vaccinators on their job.

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