DIBRUGARH, May 2 - The massive awareness drive organised jointly by ABITA Zone-I and UNICEF on immunisation as part of World Immunisation Week in as many as 27 tea estates, concluded on April 28 with programmes at Dirok and Beesakopie tea estates in Tinsukia district, a release stated.
The team from ABITA and UNICEF reached out to some 3,000 women, including pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls during the awareness drive from April 25 to 28 last. The tea estates covered included Zaloni, Ouphulia, Bazaloni, Bordubi, Panitola, Rungagora, Doomur Dollong, Dirial, Sealkottee, Pengaree, Dikom, Azizbagh, Rajah Ali, Raidang, Khowang, Greenwood, Tengapani, Sree Krishna, Talup, Budlabeta, Dilli, Rajmai, Sessa, Borborooah, Nokhrai, Dirok and Beesakopie.
The awareness programme focused on the importance of immunisation in preventing seven deadly diseases, namely Tuberculosis, Polio, Jaundice, Diptheria, Partosis, Tetanus and Measles. The programme also focused on reducing maternal mortality and infant mortality in the tea estates.
The District Immunisation Officer of Dibrugarh, Dr Suniti Gogoi and Dr Deepak Mili, Project Officer of UNDP were also part of the awareness drive. The medical officers and health staff of tea estate hospitals as well as Government institutions also attended the awareness programme in different tea estates as resource persons.
The objective of the programme was to enhance immunisation coverage by creating awareness among the female workers and adolescents.