In a significant move aimed at curbing the impact of pneumonia, the Health Department of the Government of Meghalaya unveiled the Social Awareness Action to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) initiative. R.M Kurbah, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills District, inaugurated the initiative at the Community Hall in Rangbihbih, East Khasi Hills, marking a pivotal step in addressing this health challenge.
The SAANS Initiative Unveiled
The launch of the SAANS initiative underscores Meghalaya’s commitment to eradicating pneumonia from the state. R.M Kurbah emphasized the initiative’s core focus on health awareness and encouraged villagers to connect their Aadhaar with the Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS).
Crucial Vaccination Strategy
A key strategy highlighted by Kurbah in tackling child mortality due to pneumonia is the introduction of the Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine into the state’s immunization schedule. This vaccine is designed to significantly reduce pneumonia cases among children. The move aligns with the broader vision of prioritizing preventive measures to enhance child health.
National Campaign Against Pneumonia
The SAANS campaign, initiated by the Government of India in November 2019 to address pneumonia-related child mortality, has now found its footing in Meghalaya. The launch of the campaign in the state emphasizes dedicated efforts to combat pneumonia effectively with a targeted and community-centric approach.
Meghalaya’s Commitment to Well-being
Meghalaya’s commitment to the well-being of its citizens, particularly the vulnerable child population, is evident in its proactive measures. The introduction of crucial vaccination measures and the promotion of health awareness through community engagement are integral components of the state’s initiatives.
Key Stakeholders in Attendance
The inaugural event witnessed the presence of key stakeholders, including PT Passah, MCS, Project Director of DRDA, Dr. L. Kharmuti, District M&CH, Dr B Mawlong, and others. Their involvement signifies collaborative efforts from various sectors in the pursuit of a healthier and pneumonia-free Meghalaya.