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Govt kickstarts media drive on immunisation

Mission Indradhanush, a pet project of Nadda, aims to cover 90 per cent immunisation by 2020. The  vaccination will cover all children, who are either unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine-preventable diseases — diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B. The immunisation programme would be launched from April 7 across the country.

The Health Minister called upon all members of the society, including MPs, MLAs and health professionals, to join the mission to ensure that not a single child in the country is left unvaccinated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated the ministry for undertaking such an initiative. The Prime Minister also appealed to all parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated.

“India is vast and there are remote areas. To target children in all these areas, we have to work on micro-level details,” Nadda said.

Nadda added that the health ministry will hold workshops for MPs and MLAs and also distribute brochures related to the programme so that they can take it to the communities and families in their areas.

The mission, in addition, will also provide vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis and Haemophilus influenza Type B will be provided in selected districts.

“Four special vaccination campaigns will be conducted for seven days, starting April 7, and will be repeated on the same data for four consecutive months covering all children under two years of age and pregnant women for tetanus toxoid vaccine,” Additional Secretary CK Mishra said

Director General of Health Services Jagdish Prasad suggested that schoolchildren of primary level should be provided with immunisation chart at the time of their admissions.

“The education ministry should to be engaged for the purpose which will help in encouraging immunisation among children,” Prasad said.
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