Drive against measles supported by UNICEF

UNICEFIndia’s efforts to increase measles vaccination by anti-measles campaign and routine immunization drives have been supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF stated that the government’s efforts aimed at increasing measles vaccination campaigns were strongly supported.

This statement becomes of significance after four Indian children from Mohanlal Ganj area in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, died following measles vaccine during a routine immunisation drive.

The government has ordered an inquiry into the incident to figure out who was responsible for the mishap. It has not been ascertained what shots did the kids receive but a Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry is probing the possibility of improper handling of cold chain and procedures.

According to the UNICEF, worldwide measles remain a major cause of children dying due to the world's most contagious diseases.

On the other hand, between September 11 to 20 about 100 million Chinese children aged 8 months to 14 years will be inoculated with the measles vaccine.

Zhao Kai, chairman of the Health Ministry's expert advisory committee on immunization planning said, “No imported measles vaccines will be used this time, and all vaccines will be produced by companies in Shanghai, Wuhan, Lanzhou and Beijing.”