Questioning the states' commitment to implementation of routine child immunisation programme, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said 40% of the data provided by them was "wrong".
Charging the states with providing the Centre with inaccurate information about immunisation administered to children in their states, Azad said the centrally-run tracking system had verified this.
"Still many wrong names come from states. About 40% wrong names still come. Till the time, state governments ensure routine immunisation levels of 90% to 100% on the ground, only then will the stigma on our country that maximum number of children die in India would be removed," Azad told reporters at the conclusion of the Polio Summit.
Azad said the health and family welfare ministry had set up a BPO, whereby 26 million mothers and children have already been registered under the web enabled mother and child tracking system. The system generates weekly work plans for the Auxiliary Nurse Midwives through SMS and checks the data provided by states on immunisation administered on children.
"Since 1.5 years, under the new system we can track the children immunised. When states send the names and telephones, the central-operated BPO tracks them and verifies their antecedents," he said.
He added that "earlier too while states claimed 80% to 90% vaccination, they actually did 40% vaccination".
In some states, he said "only 40% vaccination takes place" and the country's average immunisation is "around only 60-61%".
"We learnt from polio. It used to happen with polio also, but in the past two years we ensured that vaccination should not be below 99 % and when we achieved the level of 99 %, the result is that within two years polio has been eradicated. Two years ago, half the polio cases in the world were in India," he told reporters.