About 29.74 lakh children and 5.90 lakh pregnant women have been vaccinated in 3 rounds of immunisation conducted as part of the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 between December 2019 and February 2020, said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare.
One more round of IMI 2.0 is planned to be conducted in March 2020.
The health of children and pregnant women continues to be the top most priority of the Government, say Dr Vardhan.
The immunization programme is being accorded by Government of India for achieving Full Immunisation Coverage (FIC) targets.
According to the National Family Health Survey, an immunisation survey conducted across 190 IMI districts of the country showed an overall increase in FIC by 18.5 percentage points.
IMI was launched under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in 2017.
IMI 2.0, a more expansive form of the version, is being carried out in 272 districts across 27 States/UTs, and 650 blocks of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh across 109 districts since December 2019.
Aiming towards 90% immunisation coverage target, the government focuses to ensure that no child is deprived of a vaccine against vaccine preventable diseases, Dr Harsh Vardhan
With the launch of IMI 2.0, India aims to reduce deaths among children under five years of age, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of ending preventable child deaths by 2030.
Currently the vaccines are provided against 12 vaccine preventable diseases, nationally against 10 diseases (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, rubella, severe form of childhood tuberculosis, rotavirus diarrhea, hepatitis B and meningitis & pneumonia caused by hemophilus influenza) and sub-nationally against two diseases (pneumococcal pneumonia and Japanese encephalitis).
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is in the process of expansion while vaccine against Japanese encephalitis is provided only in the endemic districts.