Director of National Health Mission (NHM), MP, Faiz Ahmed Qidwai on Friday said special immunisation sessions for high risk areas would continue even after the Mission Indradhanush rounds were over to sustain the progress and strengthen routine immunisation.
Qidwai was addressing a media meet at Vidisha organised by UNICEF office of MP ahead of the commencement of third round of special immunisation drive under Mission Indradhanush.
The special drive covers unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children and pregnant women with objective of achieving full immunisation. It is being conducted in 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh including Vidisha.
Three rounds of Mission Indradhanush have been completed in the last three months and the fourth round will start from July 7.
Qidwai said the media could play an important role in creating awareness and dispelling any misinformation on the drive and its effects.
Dr Kiran Shejwar, regional joint director of NHM Bhopal division, said in last three rounds of Mission Indradhanush, a total of 2, 97, 469 children and 91,272 pregnant women were vaccinated. In Vidisha, 22,642 children and 7,557 pregnant women have been vaccinated.
Health specialist of UNICEF Vandana Bhatia said immunisation was the right of each and every child. She spoke about the role of UNICEF in promoting and monitoring the special drive.
Anil Gulati, communication specialist of UNICEF, talked about the role of media and how it has and can contribute in creating enabling environment for immunisation. Senior journalist Girish Upadhyay also spoke on the occasion.
District level officials including chief medical health officer of Vidisha Dr BL Arya, civil surgeon Dr Manju Jain and district immunisation officer Dr Nirmala Tiwari were present on the occasion.