Sunday, August 21, 2011

Project sensitises scribes in MP

The Pioneer, Aug 6, 2011 : The pilot project of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) with the UNICEF which was launched a month ago has reached its second stage to help increase media discourse on routine immunisation to media persons in Jabalpur.

A 20-member team comprising national, State and district level media visited Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

The visit, part of second phase of the UNICEF and IGNOU partnership, raised awareness among media on the low rate of routine immunisation and high infant mortality in MP. At present only 40 per cent children get immunised which contributes to the high infant mortality in the State.

The journalists got first-hand experience about the micro-planning involved in handling cold chain equipment that maintains vaccines at right temperatures. “The vaccine stores make use of generators in case of power failure to protect the vaccines stored,” said Dr Gagan Gupta, Health Specialist, UNICEF, MP, who was accompanying the media team.

The media persons were also taught small drills for checking the expiry dates of the vaccines through the vaccine vial monitor.

“As a media person, we can share such simple yet effective knowledge with parents and especially mothers,” said Shivani, one of the participants.

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