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Friday, August 6th, 2021

The objectives of surveillance are to reduce : Ram Niwas

ram-niwas-ias,Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Health Department, Ram NiwasINVC NEWS Chandigarh,

The National Health Mission and  Health Department Haryana organized a two day workshop on Laboratory supported Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Surveillance in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) - India to train the district level officials to roll out laboratory supported surveillance for Vaccine Preventable Diseases. The workshop was chaired by Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Health Department, Mr. Ram Niwas here today. Speaking during the workshop, Mr. Niwas said that the objectives of surveillance are to reduce the morbidity and mortality due to VPDs like diphtheria, pertussis and neonatal tetanus, to identify geographical areas with high burden of VPD so that the interventions can be targeted for maximum gains. Also, it aims to identify VPD cases or outbreaks for effective case management and trigger public health control measures and to generate evidence for monitoring progress towards achieving program goals and targets. Speaking on the occasion, WHO-India, Dr Sunil Bahl said that the platform of AFP polio surveillance system in State, one of the most efficient and sensitive disease surveillance system should be used to generate valuable epidemiological information for other vaccine preventable diseases in addition to data on polio and measles. The information generated by surveillance system will be instrumental in formulating and modifying the vaccination policies around the epidemiological situation prevalent in the state and also to carry out local public health interventions in the community. While addressing the officials, Former Professor CMC Vellore, Dr. T Jacob John narrated the historical significance and evolution of surveillance. The state workshop will be followed by similar workshops in each district in which private practitioners network, Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), National Neonatology Forum (NNF) and doctors of Indian System of Medicine (ISM) will also be sensitized on this new initiative. The lessons learnt from this initiative will be utilized in VPD surveillance strengthening across the country.

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