SHILLONG, Jan 09: Launching the fourth round of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (MI) in State at the Ganesh Das Hospital here on Tuesday, Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad informed that the fully immunized coverage has accelerated at the rate of 7 percent per annum since the launch of the mission.
Addressing the gathering, the Governor informed that prior to launching the MI drives, the fully immunized coverage could not cross 65 percent despite all efforts, and the annual increase in full immunization coverage was a mere 1 percent. However after the implementation of the MI campaigns, the fully immunized coverage has accelerated at the rate of 7 percent per annum.
Mentionably, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India launched Mission Indradhanush (MI) on 25th December 2015 as a special drive to vaccinate the unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children and pregnant women.
Stating that immunization is one of the most cost effective health inventions which can save thousands of lives by preventing diseases that are not only incurable, but which could even result in death of the affected children, the Governor said that timely vaccination is not only life saving, but is also the birth right of every child and pregnant woman. Therefore he urged all parents and guardians to join hand with the initiative of the Government to achieve full immunization of more than 90 percent of new-borns in the country by 2020.
As a mark of launching the Mission, the Governor presented a MCP card to a mother and administered Polio drops to a baby on the occasion.
Aimed at focusing on areas with low immunization coverage the fourth round of Intensified Mission Indradhanush, which commenced from January 9, 2018, will be in operation on all seven working days in the state in selected districts namely East Khasi Hills, East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, South West Khasi Hills, North Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills and only in the urban areas in West Khasi Hills.
The National Health Mission and State Health Department, Meghalaya has urged all parents of children less than 2 years of age and pregnant women who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated to come forward and avail the services especially provided for them free of cost.