Odisha Govt to launch vaccination campaign from November 27 to combat Japanese Encephalitis

Bhubaneswar: The State Government would launch a vaccination campaign from November 27 to combat the dreaded Japanese Encephalitis (JE) that claimed hundreds of lives in 2016, particularly in Malkangiri district.

Health and Family Welfare Secretary PK Meherda on Saturday asked all Collectors and Commissioners of municipal corporations in the 13 districts to assess the actual beneficiary load and prepare an action plan. JE vaccination campaign would be carried out in 13 districts, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kendrapada, Khordha, Baleswar, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Puri, Rayagada, Subarnapur and Sundargarh.

Nearly 71.8 lakh children in the age group of one- year to 15 years would be vaccinated with the JE vaccine during the campaign that would continue for nearly three weeks.

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