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NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday deployed three high-level multi-disciplinary 3-member teams to Ranchi, Ahmedabad and Malappuram amid surge in cases of Measles in the country.
Recently, increased numbers of measles cases were reported from certain districts of Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala and Maharashtra.
“The teams will assist the state health authorities in instituting public health measures and facilitate operationalisation of requisite control and containment measures,” the Union health ministry said in a statement.
“The teams will also undertake field visits to investigate the outbreak and assist the State Health Departments in terms of public health measures, management guidelines and protocols to manage the increasing cases of Measles being reported in the three cities,” it added.
Administer one additional dose of Measles, Rubella vaccines to children in vulnerable areas, Centre tells states
The Centre has asked states to consider administering one additional dose of Measles and Rubella vaccines to all children, aged 9 months to 5 years, in vulnerable areas.
In a letter to the Principal Health Secretary of Maharashtra that was also marked to all states and Union Territories (UTs), the health ministry said this surge is of particular concern from the public health point of view.
“It is also clear that in all such geographies, the effected children were predominantly unvaccinated and the average coverage of Measles and Rubella Containing Vaccine (MRCV) among the eligible beneficiaries is also significantly below the national average,” Health ministry Joint Secretary P Ashok Babu said.
In this context, he said a meeting of Domain Knowledge Technical Experts was held on Wednesday under the Chairpersonship of Member (Health), NITI Aayog to review the situation.
Unvaxxed toddler is 11th measles victim in Mumbai Metropolitan Region
One more child died due to complications from a measles infection, taking the toll in the ongoing outbreak to 11 in Greater Mumbai. Of the 11 children who died so far, nine were from Mumbai. The latest victim was a one-year-old boy from Nalasopara (E) who wasn’t vaccinated for measles.
State health minister Sawant said the measles outbreaks are limited to certain wards of the city. “Children with suspected symptoms are being admitted to hospital. Additional vaccination sessions are being conducted daily. Counselling is being done to get vaccinated. For this, the cooperation of some influential personalities of the society and religious leaders are being taken,” he added.

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