Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight launched

Mangan, 30 May (IPR): The District Hospital Mangan, Government of Sikkim launched an Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight Programme under National Health Mission here at DAC conference hall, Mangan, today.

Diarrhea is the leading cause of illness and death in children, therefore launching of Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight aims to create awareness to achieve zero child deaths due to diarrhea. The main purpose of the programme was also to spread awareness about diarrhea caused by Rota virus, Rubella, Measles.

The programme which began on 28 May will continue till June 8.During the fortnight programme Aaganwadi workers and ASHA workers will make door to door visit to distribute ORS, zinc tablets and impart lesson on hand wash techniques to the general public.

Chief Medical Officer, North, Dr DC Sharma, DRCHO/N, Dr PK Basnett, Joint Director, HRDD/N, Mrs Deelak Pradhan, SDM, Mangan, Mr Samdup Bhutia, Dr Roshan Chettri (Pediatrician), HE/N, Mr Rinchen Namgyal Bhutia, CDPOs and Accredited Social Health Activists , Aaganwadi workers, ANMs and health workers of district hospital attended the Launching event.

The programme also demonstrated the preparation of ORS and six point hand wash technique by members of the Aaganwadi and ASHA workers.

During the orientation session, Dr Basnett instructed all ASHA and Aaganwadi worker to establish ORS and Zinc corner at Schools and their respective centre and called all the stakeholders to put collective effort on cleaning the community water tanks as to eradicated water born diseases.

Further, she talked about a mild disease like Measles & Rubella (MR). She informed that MR vaccine will be launched shortly.

She stated that women who get infected by MR during pregnancy have a greater chance of having serious health problem with their new born baby. All young women must be aware of this disease and get the vaccine as soon as possible, she added.

Dr Roshan Chettri talked about Rota virus which causes diarrhea and leads high mortality rate in children under the age of 2 years old.

He informed that the state health department is all set to introduce Rota vaccine shortly across the state which will cure the diarrhea caused by rotavirus in children.

Rotavirus vaccine currently being supplied under universal immunization programme is five drops given orally. Rotavirus vaccine will be administered to infants in three dose schedule at six, ten and fourteen weeks along with others universal immunization programme.