Govt launches revamped national immunisation campaign from Rajasthan
The Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 aims to vaccinate all the children and pregnant women in the country by 2020.
The central government has lauched the revamped national immunisation drive against eight major vaccine preventable diseases in Rajasthan on Monday. The Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0, launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, covers diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, measles, meningitis and Hepatitis B, which affect children and pregnant mothers.
The goal of the mission is the complete immunisation of all the children by 2020. The government also launched the IMI 2.0 portal, on Thursday, to record block wise information of children and pregnant women to be vaccinated.
As a part of the programme, the collected data will be entered at the district level. This will ensure that the Programme officers and administrators at the block, district, state and national level to continuously monitor the progress of the campaign and take action on slow performing areas.
The mission, to be carried out between December 2019 and March 2020, will provide free vaccination to 26 million children annually.
Even though Immunization Programme in India was introduced long back in 1978 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the 'Universal Immunization Programme' (UIP) as it is called now has been able to fully immunize 65% of the children in the initial year of their life.
Mission Indradhanush, the previous version of it was introduced in 2014. The Goverment focussed on 201 districts across 28 states in the country that performed poorly with respect to immunization. More than 2.53 crore children and 68 lakh pregnant women were immunized till August 2017.
In Rajasthan over 88.5 per cent children and pregnant women have been vaccinated under routine immunization. The target under the IMI 2.0 drive, to be carried out in four phases, is to achieve 100 per cent coverage.