Monday, 27 June 2016

Mission Indradhanush: Spectrum of seven will now be eleven

Mission Indradhanush was launched by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) on 25th December, 2014. The health ministry’s flagship programme, which provided immunisation against seven life threatening diseases, is all set to be renamed as four new vaccines have been introduced to fight against various life threatening diseases.

Mission Indradhanush, signifies the spectrum of seven colours of the rainbow, which provides vaccination against seven vaccine-preventable diseases including diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and Hepatitis B.

"We have added four new vaccinations - rotavirus, measles rubella, inactivated polio vaccine biavalent and Japanese Encephalitis for adults. In that, very important is rotavirus. 10 lakh children get hospitalised every year suffering from diarrhoea and 80,000 lose their lives every year," said Health Minister JP Nadda.  The four added vaccines had been made a part of the ‘India Newborn’ action plan in January this year.

With an aim to fight against various vaccine preventable diseases and to reach out to the unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children by 2020, the project has additionally brought 1.62 crore children under the ambit of immunization within a year of its launch. India had been facing the problem of low immunization coverage since many years as period between 2009-2013 saw just 1 per cent increase in coverage year-on-year.

"Mission Indradhanush has brought change in the lives of people. We have to keep some other name in place of Indradhanush as the vaccinations have gone up from seven to eleven," added the Union Health Minister.

However regardless of the name, the project has shown improvements in immunization coverage and with the added new four vaccines, a new set of unvaccinated  and partially vaccinated children will be brought under the scope of Immunization.
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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Implementation Of Routine Immunization

Routine immunization is the foundation through which countries provide access to lifesaving vaccines and control and eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases. It is the process of timely vaccination on a regular basis with vaccines considered important for a given country to reduce morbidity and mortality. This process is enabled by a country's health system and maintained through a set of management subsystems needed to continuously supply the full complement of scheduled vaccines, monitor their safety, control population coverage, and measure their epidemiological impact 
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