New Delhi: The Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 that is to be rolled out from 2 December 2020 will focus on 272 districts of 27 states and 652 blocks of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar among hard-to-reach and tribal populations.

The program, which will be completed by March 2020, will be supported by several ministries, including the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs, among others, to ensure the benefits of vaccines.

The program aims to escalate efforts to achieve the goal of attaining 90% national immunization coverage across India. “The salient features of IMI 2.0 are immunization activity will be in four rounds over seven working days. excluding the RI days, Sundays and holidays. Enhanced immunization session with flexible timing, mobile session and mobilization by other departments," an official statement said.

“There will be an enhanced focus on left-outs, dropouts, and resistant families and hard to reach areas, focus on urban, underserved population and tribal areas. Inter-ministerial and inter-departmental coordination, enhance political, administrative and financial commitment, through advocacy," it said.

The Intensified Mission Indradhanush immunization drive will consist of four rounds of immunization.

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Thursday reviewed the preparedness within States for roll out of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 in states.

“The IMI 2.0 aims to achieve targets of full immunization coverage in 272 districts in 27 States and shall be implemented in the block level (652 blocks) in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. While we are required to achieve 90% immunisation coverage target, we should all aim to ensure that not even one child dies of vaccine preventable diseases. Especially when we have a basket of vaccines as part of our routine Universal Immunisation Program (UIP)," said Harsh Vardhan.

“With the launch of Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0, India has the opportunity to achieve further reductions in deaths among children under five years of age, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of ending preventable child deaths by 2030", he added.

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