MISSION INDRADHANUSH 2.0
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- Centre is launching nationwide vaccination drive to prevent eight diseases under Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 across the country.
- The government’s flagship scheme is aimed at immunizing children under the age of 2 years and pregnant women against eight vaccine preventable diseases.
- The IMI covers vaccines for
- whooping cough,
- meningitis and
- Hepatitis B.
- Vaccines for Japanese encephalitis and hemophilus influenza are also being provided in selected areas.
- The IMI 2.0 aims to achieve targets of full immunization coverage in 272 districts spread over 27 States. The IMI 2.0 will be carried out between December 2019 and March 2020.
- Among the 27 states, In Rajasthan, Intensified Mission Indradhanush- 2 campaign has been launched. This campaign will be conducted in four phases across the state. Under this campaign, vaccination services will be provided free of cost to the drop out and left out children and pregnant women.
About Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI):
- Mission Indradhanush is a health mission of the government of India. It was launched by Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda on 25 December 2014.
- PM Narendra Modi had launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) on October 8, 2017 to further intensify India’s immunisation programme.
- Under the mission, the Union Government aimed to reach all children aged below two years and pregnant women, who were left uncovered under the government’s routine immunisation programme.
- The key objective behind the launch of the intensified immunisation drive was to ensure that no child suffers from any vaccine-preventable disease.
- Built on the foundation of Mission Indradhanush, the Intensified Mission Indradhanush aims to use additional strategies to reach the high-risk population, especially in the low performing areas.
- The programme was supported by 12 ministries and departments and monitored by the Cabinet Secretary at the national level. Several ministries include the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs, and others,ensure the benefits of vaccines.
- 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.
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