IMI team reaches border villages via Myanmar

CORRESPONDENT MOREH, 11th Nov: With no option left to enter several border villages in Tengnoupal district, a medical team of Moreh PHC had to sneak through the villages of Myanmar to carry out vaccination campaign under the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI).

The medical team led by MO in-charge of Moreh PHC Dr Kh Santikumar took the road through Tamu in Myanmar and entered the villages by hiring two-wheeler vehicles from the neighbouring country. The team carried out the second round of IMI operation in villages under the operational area of New Samtal PHSC, Yangoulen PHSC, T Bongmol PHSC and Khengjoi block PHSC.

Since they do not have the requisite permission to carry out the operation through Myanmar, they had to reach Tamu at 7 in the morning and then sneaked into the border to reach the villages after getting visitor’s permit from immigration office in Tamu. They have to leave the villages and enter Moreh via Tamu by 4 pm.

Furthermore, they have to do the same thing every day throughout the duration of the second round of IMI since they could not spend overnight after going through Tamu.

Appreciating the efforts and initiatives of MO in-charge Dr Santikumar in reaching out to the remote villages, Kuki Chiefs’ Association Tengnoupal District secretary Ls Seikhojang Baite has appealed to the government to speed up road construction works in the remote border areas of the district at the earliest.

He said that construction of DC Road which is being taken up by BRTF has been left pending for long. As the road is an important one in the border area since it would connect several remote villages, people of the area are facing immense hardships due to delay in the project, he added.

Dr Santikumar informed that they vaccinated 84 children from November 7 to 11 as part of the second round of IMI. Earlier, in the first round, they vaccinated 102 children in 10 days by following the same route to reach the villages.

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