Fortis Hospital Anandapur’s Immunization Initiative for the Underprivileged Children in Kolkata

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Fortis Hospital, Anandapur, in association with a NGO named Calcutta Rescue, started an immunization initiative for the underprivileged children at the Garden Reach area in Kolkata. This is organised to mark World Immunization Week which is being celebrated from 24th to 30th April, 2017. An interactive session was also held on the occasion where Dr Nicola Flynn, Consultant Paediatrics at Fortis Hospital, Anandapur spoke about importance of vaccines, and importance of basic health and hygiene in the prevention of diseases.

Immunization is the practice whereby a person is made immune or resilient to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. This helps protect the child from life threatening diseases like diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, childhood tuberculosis, polio, hepatitis b and measles. It also arrests the spread of disease to others. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), this practice of immunization has averted anywhere between 2 to 3 million deaths each year. However, there is still lot to be done.

In Garden Reach area, 33% of participants were able to show the immunization card of their child aged below 12 years. Most of the cards were incomplete. Various health problems were detected among the children in Garden Reach area like, cough, cold, fever, malaria. During the interactive session few things were suggested to be implemented like proper sanitization, better access to clean water, to keep the locality clean and easy access to doctors.

With such efforts by hospitals, many young lives can be saved.

Priyanka Dutta

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