**Bhubaneswar: ** Having learnt a lesson from a large number of deaths of children due to the killer Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Malkangiri last year, Odisha Government has geared up to launch Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccination campaign in 13 districts of the State from November 27 this year.
71.8 lakh children in the age group of 1 to 15 years will be vaccinated with one dose of JE vaccine.
Issuing letters to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner as well as the District Collectors of Balasore, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kendrapara, Puri, Koraput, Nawarangpur, Rayagada, Sundargarh, Khurda-Bhubaneswar and Sonepur, Odisha Health Secretary and Panchayati Raj Secretary have informed the authorities that the “campaign activity will continue for 2-3 weeks (upto 15-20 days) depending on the beneficiary load and as per the micro plan prepared by the district.”
“After completion of the campaign, JE vaccine will be included in the routine immunisation programme. In this context, support of the District Panchayat Officer and PRI members for the activities to achieve 100% coverage during the campaign,” the letter stresses.
The letter has instructed to ‘create community awareness for JE vaccination campaign’, ‘community mobilization for achieving the target’, to ‘discuss the benefits of vaccination during Gramsabha and Gram Panchayat meetings’ and also to ‘monitor the school and community level campaign activities’.