Assam: Miscreants assault head teacher during MR vaccination in Hailakandi

Miscreants assault head teacher during MR vaccination in Hailakandi, Assam,  District administration said not to spare culprits.


A lady head teacher was assaulted by miscreants during Measles Rubella vaccination session at North Narainpur Basic School on Tuesday.

The head teacher Mrs Jaya Das had to be hospitalized at SK Roy Civil Hospital following the assault. On hearing about the incident, the In-charge of Algapur PHC rushed to the hospital to enquire about her health condition.

Meanwhile, the district administration said it would not spare the culprits involved in the assault incident.

Joint Director, Health Services, Dr. Avijit Basu while condemning the untoward incident appealed to the teachers’ fraternity to extend all possible support and cooperation without whom the ongoing MR vaccination campaign would not be successful. He said the health department would extend necessary medical treatment to Mrs Das till she recovers fully.

Inspector of Schools, Rajiv Kumar Jha said confidence building measures should be taken up so that ‘the untoward incident doesn’t act as a deterrent to the cooperative morale of our teachers and success of the (vaccination) campaign is ensured in future too.’ He wished Mrs Das a speedy recovery.

An emergent meeting was held on Wednesday at the official chamber of Additional Chief Medical and Health Officer here wherein resolutions were adopted demanding punishment to the culprits involved in the physical assault of a lady head teacher and providing ‘police protection’ to the health workers engaged in MR vaccination campaign, particularly in resistance prone areas under Algapur revenue circle.

Following fainting of a 10-year-old girl after administering of MR vaccine at Baolipar ME School on Monday, (the girl on medical examination was diagnosed to be weak with accompanying fever), District Immunization Officer (DIO), Dr. K. Thambalsena has cautioned the ANMs engaged in vaccination drive to know first-hand the medical history and not to administer vaccine to any child susceptible to reaction or having fever or any other illnesses or in empty stomach. The DIO also instructed the ANMs to make the immunization areas airy (less crowded) during vaccination.

MR vaccination sessions are going on smoothly in different schools across the district. The health authorities have been mobilising support of religious leaders and cross sections of the society in the ongoing vaccination campaign. Rallies have also been brought out, parents-teachers meetings organised, leaflets distributed, announcements made through loud speakers and street plays conducted to drive home the efficacy and safety of the MR vaccine.

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