Social Awareness and Actions to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) campaign launched in Chhattisgarh

Social Awareness and Actions to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) campaign launched in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: With an objective of preventing pneumonia, Social Awareness and Actions to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) campaign has been launched in Chhattisgarh on Friday on the occasion of World Pneumonia Day.

The campaign will be run in the state from November 12 this year to February 28, 2022. With the objective of “Pneumonia Nahi Toh Bachpan Sahi”, through this campaign focus will be given on children of 0 to 5 years as about 1.30 lakh children die every year from pneumonia across the country.

The main objective of this program is to create public awareness in the society regarding pneumonia occurring in children of 0 to 5 years and cases of severe pneumonia and to promote treatment in health institutions of the state. About 35 lakh children of the state will be benefited through this programme.

Besides, PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine) has also been launched in the state this year for the prevention of pneumonia among children. National New Born week has also been launched in the presence of health minister TS Singh Deo. The main objective of this campaign is to create public awareness about the need for the survival and development of newborns. During this week, health check-up of newborns will be organized in all medical college hospitals and in the OPD of district hospitals, screening for newborns, all SNCUs run in the state.

Health minister TS Singh Deo, while participating in this virtual meeting organized on Pneumonia Day stressed on bringing public awareness about pneumonia in newborns saying that there are more chances of catching infection during delivery in newborns.

The minister said that along with National Newborn Week, we all have to work together seriously on the issue of newborn babies, so that "we can reduce the IMR rate by 50% in the next 1 year". This rate is 40 which we have to bring down to half in the next 1 year and also need to focus on MMR. He congratulated all the officers on the launch of both the programmes and gave them best wishes for its success.