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Lauding the Indian government for focusing on children who are either unimmunised or partially immunised under the national immunisation programme, Menabde said, 'We welcome and commend the government for this path-breaking initiative.' WHO urges PM Narendra Modi to increase pictorial warnings on tobacco products
What is Mission Indradhanush?
'Mission Indradhanush or the rainbow, depicting seven colours of life, will protect children against seven life-threatening diseases nationwide with special thrust in 201 high focus districts with weak immunisation coverage. The Mission heralds a renewed national and sub-national effort to accelerate action for increasing awareness and demand for immunisation by communities, and improved vaccination delivery services.' WHO gives emergency health kits, funds to quake-hit Nepal
Asked whether total immunisation is possible in India, going by its huge population and vast stretch of land, Menabde said, "The revised process of microplanning, based on lessons learnt from the polio campaigns, will ensure that all high risk areas and populations are reached by vaccinators during this drive. Like polio eradication, full immunisation coverage is also an achievable goal."
How will using the polio network help?
According to her, the Mission with its strong focus on tackling communication and operational issues, would be successful in reaching out to that last child with all vaccines under the UIP. 'It will help India in closing the immunisation gap and reaching equity in immunisation. The health systems will be further strengthened and the country will move faster towards Universal Health Coverage. The Mission is a phased immunisation catch-up campaign to expedite full immunisation coverage, especially in the high focused districts of India,' she stated.
The government has also undertaken several strategies to increase routine immunisation coverage in the country. Besides detailed analysis of high-risk groups to include all high priority districts for focused interventions, the Centre has planned vaccination sessions through revision of micro plans in all blocks and urban areas.
Last week of April is celebrated around the globe as the 'World Immunisation Week' aiming at raising awareness among people as how immunisation can save lives. This year WHO's theme was 'close the immunisation gap'.
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