India President Ram Nath Kovind today praised the Health and Family Welfare Ministry’s ‘Mission Indradhanush’ saying: “it is fulfilling the immunisation gap and protecting all children against the disease.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced 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.
Launched on 8 of this month, Mission Indrdhanush aims to provide immunisation for pregnant women and children below 2-year-old—for protection against poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, hepatitis B, pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus and measles.
Addressing the 45th Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, the President added, “In our country, we have a very large child population as well as one of the world’s largest populations of senior people. Both these groups pose very different but very real challenges to our healthcare system and our doctors and nurses.”
Present at the event Union Health Minister JP Nadda, said: “From 1 per cent annual increase in full immunisation, ‘Mission Indradhanush’ has resulted in 6.7 per cent of annual expansion. Recently released SRS data has indicated a steep decline in Under-5 Mortality Rate (U5MR) from 49 in 2013 to 39 in 2016.”
According to Minister Nadda, more than 3.2 crore beneficiaries have been immunised through the mission.