Bhubaneswar: The second round of Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 was launched across six districts of the state yesterday.
The immunisation programme, which aims to achieve 90 percent vaccination coverage in children of less than 2 years across the state, has been taken up in Dhenkanal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Gajapati districts.
Under the program, the immunization activity will be in four rounds over seven working days excluding the Regular immunisation days, Sundays and holidays.
While the first round was completed in December last year, the second round started yesterday. Next rounds will be in February and March and will cover 425 blocks of 73 districts of the state.
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 had launched the “Mission Indradhanush” on December 25 in December 2014.
The flagship scheme ‘Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0’ will focus on full immunization coverage of 272 districts spread over 27 states. The Mission Indradhanush 2.0 will be carried out between December 2019 and March 2020.
This scheme seeks to drive towards 90 per cent full immunization coverage of India and sustain the same by the year 2020.
Vaccination is being provided against eight vaccine-preventable diseases nationally, i.e. Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, severe form of Childhood Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B and meningitis and pneumonia caused by Haemophilus influenza type B; and against Rotavirus Diarrhea and Japanese Encephalitis in selected states and districts respectively.