Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda has announced that a set of four new vaccines will be added soon under “Mission Indradhanush”.
- As a part of India’s newborn action plan, inactivated polio vaccine, adult Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine and Measles Rubella vaccine will be added.
About Mission Indradhanush
It was launched by the Union Government of India on December 25, 2014 with an aim to cover all the children who are lack vaccination or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases which include diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B, by the end of the year 2020.
- Over the period, the Centre has recovered 40 lakh children of the 90 lakh.
Work by Health Ministry to benefit society
- The health mission was launched on Good Governance Day (Dec 25) to mark the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna, Shri Madan Mohan Malaviya and birthday of Bharat Ratna, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- A total of 201 high focus districts in the country having nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children were identified to be covered in the first phase of the mission.
- Out of the 201 districts, 82 districts are in the four states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. This means that nearly 25 percent of the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children of India are in the 82 districts of these 4 states.
- As per the mission guidelines, these districts will be targeted by intensive efforts to improve the routine immunization coverage.