CM will launch ‘Mission Indradhanush’, the intense immunization drive of seven days 6-04-2015
Chandigarh, April 6 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal will launch ‘Mission Indradhanush’, the intense immunization drive of seven days aiming to cover all the unimmunized and partially immunized children and pregnant women of 13 districts of Haryana. In this focused activity, around four lakh children will be targeted to get them full immunized. While giving this information here today, an official spokesman said that the districts which would be covered under Mission Indradhanush include Faridabad, Palwal, Mewat, Gurgaon, Panipat, Jhajjar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Sonipat, Sirsa, Yamunanagar, Rewari and Rohtak. He said that at present, under Universal Immunization Programme, vaccines are being given to the children for protection against nine vaccine preventable diseases like Tuberculosis, Neonatal Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenza type B, Measles, Polio and Japanese Encephalitis. Even after extensive efforts done by the state, around 47 per cent of children are still left partially immunized or unimmunized in various pockets especially in identified 13 districts of the state as per the reports of District Level Household Survey IV. To fully immunize these children, an intense immunization drive of seven days activities in four consecutive months is being held in the form of Mission Indradhanush, he added. He said that in this focused activity, around four lakh children will be targeted to get them full immunized. In the targeted districts focus areas has been identified on the basis of immunization coverage and all high risk and underserved areas has also been included. It has been planned that rational utilization of all the vaccinators (ANMs) and Mobilizers (ASHA, AWW, Social Mobilizers) will be done to cover these identified focus areas. The spokesman said that along with health department, other departments like Urban Local Bodies, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Department of Education and Department of Woman and Child Development has also been included in the planning and implementation of the Mission Indradhanush. WHO-NPSP is the technical support partner, IPE global and USAID – Assist is supporting the activity. Further, Indian Academy of Paediatrics has also committed to support the state in management of detected and notified AEFI cases in all the intervention districts, he added.