MP: 2.82 lakh children in 25 districts to get fully immunised

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 06, 2015 20:22 IST
Principal secretary (health) Gauri Singh addresses the media on Mission Indradhanush in Bhopal. (Praveen Bajpai/HT Photo)

About 2.82 lakh children would be fully immunised through vaccination against seven preventable diseases during the second phase of Mission Indradhanush that would be launched in 25 districts of MP from October 7.

Focus would be on stringent daily monitoring to ensure proper implementation, principal secretary of state public health and family welfare department, Gauri Singh, said at a press conference in Bhopal on Monday.

She said that the monitoring would be akin to that undertaken during elections and help of district administrations would be taken for the purpose.

Mission Indradhanush was launched in April this year with the aim to fully immunise all children in targeted area and give tetanus shots to all pregnant women.

Fully immunised children are those who are vaccinated against diseases namely diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B.

The vaccination targets for second phase would be completed in four rounds of seven days each during months of October, November, December 2015 and January 216, director of National Health Mission (NHM), MP, Faiz Ahmed Kidwai told media persons.

The 25 districts in second phase include Ashoknagar, Barwani, Betul, Bhind, Burhanpur, Chhindwara, Datia, Dhar, Dindori, Guna, Harda, Hoshangabad, Jabalpur, Katni, Khandwa, Khargone, Mandsaur, Morena, Seoni, Sheopur, Shivpuri, Sidhi , Singrauli , Umaria and Satna.

In the first phase of the mission, 4, 53,356 children received vaccinations and 1,47,955 children fully immunized in 15 districts.

Also 1,39,648 pregnant women received ante natal tetanus vaccination, the director said. During the upcoming phase, 2.82 lakh children under age of two years who have either not received any vaccine or were only partially vaccinated would be targeted, he said.

Santosh Shukla, deputy director (immunization) said that fixed camps and mobile immunisation vans would be used for the campaign. Unicef is a key support organisation for the campaign along with World Health Organisation (WHO) and Rotary International, he said.

Anil Gulati, communication specialist Unicef, MP said the organisation would be bringing in social mobilisation monitors from UP and Bihar to monitor the campaign.

WHO state team leader OP Tiwari said WHO would be supporting in technical supervision and reaching out to identified high risk areas. Navneet Kothari, director (IEC Bureau) was also present.

In phase 1, the mission was conducted on April 7, May 7, June 7 and on July 7 in 2015. A total of 15 high focus districts were selected for Mission Indradhanush in Madhya Pradesh: Jhabua, Alirajpur, Vidisha, Raisen, Sagar, Tikamgarh, Panna, Chhatarpur, Damoh, Mandla, Shahdol, Umaria, Annuppur, Rewa, Satna based on the composite indicators.

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