Bhubaneswar: While the Phase-II of immunisation programme under Mission Indradhanush has commenced in the State, the results of Phase-I showed that more 100 per cent immunisation coverage of children (up to two years of age) and expectant mothers have been achieved. This was known following an assessment by the Centre.
The immunisation programme has been taken up in six districts of Odisha, which are Koraput, Malakngiri, Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal, and Dhenkanal. While the target was to immunise 10,560 children in Phase-I, 10, 603 children received immunisation. This is about 100 per cent of coverage.
Similarly, 2,469 pregnant women received immunisation while the target was 2461, which is 100.3 per cent of coverage under this programme, the Centre informed.
Under the strict guidance & vigil of Health Commissioner-cum-Secretary Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda and National Health Mission Director Shalini Pandit, the immunisation programme is in full swing the six districts of Odisha.
Prior to the first phase commencement of the Mission Indradhanush, a task force meeting was convened in the district-levels. While counting of children below than two years of age and pregnant women has been done, awareness among the people is being raised through street plays, video and audio announcement and painting on the walls across these districts.
In order to carry out the implementation of the immunisation drive smoothly, NCC, NSS, NYK and Rotary Clubs were included. The state officials also visited and carried out inspections in these districts during the immunisation sessions. The beneficiaries were also sent invitation cards to take part in the immunisation sessions.
Moreover, the National Monitors and other officials also conducted a door-to-door survey to collect feedback from the beneficiaries. They met around 920 children in 180 places during 256 immunisation sessions, the Centre further stated.
To strengthen and re-energise the Universal Immunization Programme’ (UIP) and achieve full immunisation coverage for all children and pregnant women at a rapid pace, the Government of India launched “Mission Indradhanush” in December 2014.