NEW DELHI :
In a bid achieve the target of full immunization, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 from December 2019 to March 2020.
Harsh Vardhan union health minister said that several ministries are also coming forward to join hands in taking the mission forward. The IMI 2.0 portal was launched on Thursday that has been designed to capture information on the block wise target of children and pregnant women to be vaccinated during the IMI drive and also the coverage data during the rounds of activity. “The data will be entered at the district level. This will help the Programme officers and administrators at the block, district, state and national level to have real time information on the progress of the campaign and also take timely action on slow progress in any particular area," said Harsh Vardhan.
He added that learnings from polio campaign have further provided guidance for rollout of Mission Indradhanush and its intensified drive.
The health minister also launched Operational guidelines for ‘Strengthening immunization systems to reach every child’ and ‘Operational guidelines for Strengthening Td10 and Td16 vaccine implementation. Harsh Vardhan earlier this month has said that that immunisation program will be implemented on the lines of pulse polio programme. Since 2014, from the inception of Narendra Modi government"s programme Mission Indradhanush — the Universal Immunization (UIP) — the basket of vaccines has expanded to cover 12 Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) from the earlier seven.
As of today, Mission Indradhanush and related programmes have successfully reached out to and vaccinated 3.39 crore children and 87.2 Lakh pregnant women in India. “The best practices and the systems established by the Pulse Polio programme have benefitted other health programs, viz. the community mobilization, logistics management, reaching the last mile or setting up a surveillance system," said Harsh Vardhan.“The learnings from Pulse Polio Programme have helped implementation of other immunization programme i.e. the Mission Indradhanush (MI) and the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI)," he said. The government was celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the Pulse Polio Programme.