Aiming at reducing the infant mortality rate and giving quality health care to the expectant mothers, the Punjab government launched 'Mission Inderdhanush' on the directions of the Union government to achieve a target of getting 90 per cent infants covered in the state under complete immunisation programme by 2020, on Tuesday. The project was launched by director health and family welfare Dr Jatinder Kaur.
Dr Jatinder Kaur said, "Mission Inderdhanush has been launched on April 7 to mark World Health Day. More emphasis would be laid on covering the left out population to be covered under vaccination plan."
She said, "The central government had identified as many as 201 such districts from across the country with lower infant vaccination rate. Out of these districts, only four districts in Punjab namely Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Sri Muktsar Sahib have been identified to be covered under Mission Inderdhanush in the first phase."
In this programme, all the left out children below 2 years and expectant mothers would be covered with the vaccination programme. As many as 45,000 infants were expected to be covered in all the four identified districts, which include around 24,500 in Ludhiana, 8,100 in Sri Muktsar Sahib, 3,100 in Pathankot and 9,300 in Gurdaspur."
This seven-day long Mission Inderdhanush would start on seventh of every month- April, May, June and July.
Director Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, informed that a total of 145 immunisation sessions would be held throughout the city under this mission. She said that in rural areas of the district, immunisation would be carried with the help of immunisation sessions and mobile teams.
Necessary training to the workers' deputed under Mission Inderdhanush has also been imparted, said Dr Kaur. The entire mission would be closely monitored by the senior officers of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Union government jointly, she said.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Ludhiana civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal, state immunisation officer Dr GV Singh, district immunisation officer Dr Balwinder Singh, deputy medical commissioner Dr Jasvir Singh, Samrala senior medical officer Dr RK Karkara, Dr Manjit Singh, Dr Avinash Kumar and others.