News:Government of India will be launching the second phase of Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0.
About Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0:
- The Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 will aim to cover the low immunisation pockets.
- It will carry out massive immunisation program in 271 districts across the nation and 652 blocks located in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
- The Mission Indradhanush has increased India’s immunisation coverage significantly to 87% from 67% in 2014.
- However,official data on India’s immunisation coverage is still 62% given as the National Family Health Survey-4 (2015-16).
About Mission Indradhanush:
- Mission Indradhanush is a vaccination programme that was launched in the year 2014.
- It aimed to increase full immunization coverage to cover children up to 2 years and pregnant women.
- It represents the seven vaccines that were then included in the Universal Immunisation Programme against seven diseases: tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and measles.
- The number has since risen to 12 with the inclusion of vaccines against measles rubella, rotavirus, Haemophilus influenzae type-B and polio.
- In a select few states and districts, vaccines are also provided against Japanese Encephalitis and pneumococcus.
About Intensified Mission Indradhanush:
- The Intensified Mission Indradhanush was launched in October 2017.
- It has aimed to reach each and every child under two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunization programme.
- The special drive has focussed in selected districts and cities to ensure full immunization to more than 90% by December 2018.
- Further,Special attention was also given to unserved/low coverage pockets in sub-centre and urban slums with migratory population.The focus was also on the urban settlements and cities identified under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).
- The Vaccine which were supplied were also tracked using the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network and cold chain tracking programme, and distributed using the alternate vaccine delivery mechanism.