3rd State Steering Committee meet for immunization held in the capital

Gangtok, 05 Apr [IPR]:

Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava, chaired the 3rd State Steering Committee Meeting for Immunization in the State today in Gangtok. The meeting had the presence and participation of Commissioner cum Secretary, Health Department, Vishal Chauhan, and senior officers of all concerned departments as well as District Collectors of all four Districts.

The meeting was also attended by officers from partner organizations such as WHO and UNICEF.

The programme began with the address by Commissioner cum Secretary, Mr Chauhan, wherein he briefed about the purpose of the meeting and the outcomes of the previous State Steering Committee Meetings.

He stated that the meeting has been organized to review the Intensified Mission Indradhanush [IMI], its implementation on the ground, and the steps taken to achieve the target of 90% immunization by December, 2018. He informed that the Chief Minister will be releasing the Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] Operational Guidelines on the occasion of World Health Day on 07 Apr. He called on the respective departments, especially the Human Resource Development Department for upscaling the campaign in government and private schools in the State.

State Immunization Officer, Dr Phumzay Denzongpa, made a presentation on status of HPV to be introduced in the State in the month of June, 2018. She further apprised the meeting about the status of implementation of IMI in the State. She informed that the HPV vaccination is being introduced in the State to prevent incidence of cervical cancer in young adolescent girls.

She added in detail the various stages of preparedness for the campaign, the process of immunization and the strategy adopted by the Health Department in convergence with other departments.

It was reiterated in the meeting that private schools should be sensitized to participate in the HPV Campaign. The involvement and role of various departments was discussed in detail.

After a brief open house discussion by partner agencies, the meeting discussed about the feedback on IMI by the Government of India.

Chief Secretary, Mr Shrivastava, in his address, called for active participation of all the departments to make the campaign successful and to ensure 100% coverage. He assured full support at every stage and encouraged the District Collectors and other functionaries to take the lead in coordination with the Health officials.

The meeting concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Mission Director, NHM, Dr Bimal Rai.