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By Eric Calvin Rani
A district task force meeting was held in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Nongpoh on Thursday.
The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of Ri Bhoi, R.M Kurbah, and aimed to address various health-related issues.
Concerning Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI) 2021, Dr A Sangma informed that the programme would most likely be postponed because of the COVID-19 vaccination drive.
She said that 35 per cent of the total population in the district is yet to be immunised.
While highlighting the COVID-19 vaccination drive, Additional SP Dr Mawrie said that the Prime Minister would launch the programme on January 16, 2021.
“Umsning Community Health Centre is selected as the place for launching of the program in the district,” Dr Mawrie said.
Meanwhile, the District Medical and Health Office (DM&HO), stated that every vaccination or injection has its side effects and urged the people to let go of any doubts and get themselves vaccinated.
During a presentation on maternal and child healthcare, Dr A Syiemlieh, District Surveillance Officer (DSO), informed that early marriage is a challenge in the district.
The chairperson also urged all the members, including church and community leaders, SHGs and NGOs, to take up the issue and to ensure that they make the prescribed age for marriage mandatory.
"Pregnant women must follow strict health protocols to curtail the number of maternal, infant and neonatal deaths in the district," the chairperson stated.
Expressing concern on the rise of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases in the district, the chairperson highlighted the need to create awareness to protect children from sexual abuse.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)