Hailakandi, Sept 9: Hailakandi deputy commissioner Adil Khan has appealed to the people of the district to cooperate with the ongoing Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign for ushering in a healthy society.
In a statement here on Sunday, deputy commissioner Khan said the MR vaccine is highly safe and effective in controlling Measles and Rubella diseases and he had even immunised his little daughter at the SK Roy Civil Hospital. Khan said many officials, including Circle Officer, Katlicherra, James Aind and District Immunization Officer, Dr. K. Thambalsena have also immunised their wards without having any side effects.
The deputy commissioner appealed to the parents and guardians to come forward and extend unstinted support and cooperation to the health workers in immunization of all the children in the age group of nine months and 15 years with MR vaccine to make Hailakandi district free from the diseases.
Meanwhile, 29 students who reportedly fell ill after administering of Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination at Sahabad ME Madrassa under Katlicherra revenue circle were not due to adverse events following immunization (AEFI).
24 students have been already discharged on Saturday. Of the five referred to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital, two have been discharged.
District Immunization Officer (DIO) Dr. K. Thambalsena disclosed that the students who were reportedly taken ill after administering of MR vaccine were not due to AEFI but due to anxiety and hysteria induced by injection fear.
The DIO said the AEFI symptoms generally associated with MR vaccine such as rashes were not seen in Saturday’s incident. “Medical examination of the students who were taken ill was not due to MR vaccination but due to anxiety and hysteria induced by the fear factor of being injected,” she added.
Joint Director, Health Services, Dr.Avijit Basu, who rushed to the site of the incident and personally monitored the whole situation, categorically stated that had it been cases of AEFI, all the 120 students vaccinated at the school would have fallen ill.
The health authorities here have asked the people not to panic as MR vaccine approved by the WHO is highly safe with an impassioned plea to extend support and cooperation to the ongoing MR vaccination campaign in the days ahead.
Deputy commissioner Adil Khan, Circle Officer, Katlicherra, James Aind and DIO Dr. Thambalsena immunized their children with MR vaccine.