Intensified Indradhanush Mission 2.0
The Central Government has launched a nationwide vaccination drive to prevent eight diseases under the Intensified Indradhanush Mission 2.0 across the country.
The programme is aimed at immunizing children less than 2 years of age and pregnant women of eight vaccine preventable diseases. The diseases covered under the programme include –
- Whooping Cough
- Hepatitis B
*(Vaccines for Japanese Encephalitis and Haemophilus Influenza are also being provided but only in selected areas.)
The IMI 2.0 aims to achieve targets of full immunization coverage in 272 districts spread over 27 States and will be carried out between December 2019 to March 2020. Under this campaign, vaccination services will be provided free of cost to the drop out and left out children and pregnant women. The Government aims to reach each and every child up to two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunization programme. Over 88.5 per cent children and pregnant women have been vaccinated under routine immunization and a target has been set to reach 100 per cent under this campaign.
A list of left out and drop out children and pregnant women will be prepared for each district of the respective states through which such children and women in far flung rural areas and urban slum areas will be approached. Apart from medical department, women and child development department, Panchayati Raj department, education department, Nehru Yuva Kendra is also supporting this campaign. The Project Officers of the District Urban Development Agency has been made the nodal officer for the successful operation of the mission.
SOURCE: The Hindu, PIB