Kolkata, 8 February : R N Mishra, Director General, Union Ministry of Information and Boradcasting has highlighted the importance of organising various workshop on Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) at regular intervals in every city across the country and urged the members of Song and Drama Division to educate the people about IMI through folk dance, songs and nukkad natak.
Ingurating a day long workshop in the city here yesterday,Mishra said such workshop would go a long way towards creating more interest among the general public about Mission Indradhanush and the importance of timely immunization of children, particularly in rural India.
Providing regular nutrition to expected mothers and immunization of children were co-related and very significant for children’s health, he said.
Underlining the importance of IMI, Mishra said it was aimed to reach out to partially vaccinated and unvaccinated children with all the available vaccines under Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) across 381 districts in 29 States and Union Territories.
The first two phases of Mission Indradhanush resulted in 6.7 per cent increase in full immunization coverage, he said adding that the Intensified Mission Indradhanush had been implemented since 2017-18.
This was followed by a Coverage Evaluation Survey which showed an average increase of 18.5 per cent in full immunization coverage as compared to that in the National Family Health Survey,carried out in 2015-16.
During various phases of IMI including Gram Swaraj Abihayan and Extended Gram Swaraj a total of 3.61 crore children and 91.45 lakh pregnant women had been vaccinated, across 690 districts in 36 States, Mishra informed.
Replying to queries about the future pgorammes, he said with a view to enhancing the full immunization coverage of children, intensified focus were being made in pockets of low immunization coverage areas.
Keeping this in mind the Government was now trying to reach those remote areas where the proportion of unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children, including remote backward families in the country were still high, Mishra said.