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January 2018 round of Intensified Mission Indradhanush takes off

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Ministry of Health and Family WelfareThe Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Sunday launched the January 2018 round of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (MI), an immunisation project for pregnant women and children below 2-year-old –for protection against poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, hepatitis B, pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus and measles.

The Ministry tweeted, “173 districts in 24 states have been identified for Intensified #MissionIndradhanush in the January 2018 round. It will cover all partially vaccinated & unvaccinated #pregnant women & children below 2 years of age.”

Launched in December 2014, the Ministry in its three phases of the mission have covered about 45 lakh ‘unreached’ children. The National Family Health Survey 4 reveals vaccination coverage being mere 65 per cent. It highlights: “did not feel need”, “not knowing about vaccine,” as main reasons.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the upgraded version of the Mission (Intensified Mission Indradhanush) last year for the full immunisation of the ‘unreached’ children that aims to immunise more than 90 per cent of newborns by 2018 year-end.

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