Encephalitis vaccinations to be given in Rakhine

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi offers Kathina robes to a senior monk at Sasana Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 October 2017.  Photo: MNA
Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pu addresses a ceremony to announce the mass vaccination programme. Photo: MNA
Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pu addresses a ceremony to announce the mass vaccination programme. Photo: MNA

More vaccinations against encephalitis would be given to children in Rakhine State starting in January in order to prevent children from the debilitating and deadly disease, said U Nyi Pu, Chief Minister of Rakhine State Government. Speaking at the ceremony to announce the mass vaccination programme held at the meeting hall of the Office of Rakhine State Government yesterday he said that “Encephalitis is an infectious disease which is caused by a viral infection, mostly spread by mosquitoes, and such cases were found mostly in Rakhine State. Children under 5 were vaccinated with 10 kinds of anti-viral medications to protect them against fatal infectious diseases. During the period from 2007 to 2016, there were 139 infectious patients and 19 deaths. For the success of the mass vaccination effort against encephalitis, we would like the respective departments to systematically take active participation in the plan.”
At the ceremony, Dr. Chan Tha, Minister for Social Welfare, Rakhine State, explained in detail how the programmes would be implemented.
In Rakhine State, children ranging in age from 9 month to 15 years, which totals about one million, will be vaccinated from November 15 to 23 and from December 11 to 20, it was learnt.
Present at the meeting were U Kyauk, Chief Judge of the High Court of Rakhine State, ministers, Chief Advocate of the Rakhine State, State Auditor, departmental heads and representatives from civil societies. —Tin Tun (IPRD)

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