Bhubaneswar: Odisha government will launch a massive vaccination campaign from November 27 to combat Japanese Encephalitis (JE) that claimed many lives last year.
As per official sources, the JE vaccination campaign will be launched in 13 districts including Balasore, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kendrapara, Khurda, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Puri, Rayagada, Sonepur and Sundergarh.
Nearly, 71.8 lakh children in the age group of 1 year to 15 years will be vaccinated with one dose of the JE vaccine during the campaign that will continue for nearly 20 days.
Health and Family Welfare Secretary, PK Meherda, in a letter has asked all Collectors and Commissioner of Municipal Corporation in the 13 identified districts to assess the actual beneficiary load and prepare an action plan.
Odisha also plans to include JE vaccine in the routine immunization programme after completion of the vaccination campaign.
Odisha government has also directed district administration officials to seek support of district panchayat officers and Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members for creating community awareness for JE vaccination.
The JE vaccination campaign is likely to play a crucial role in protecting lives of children particularly in remote areas that fall prey to the disease at regular intervals in Odisha.