Haryana Health Minister, Mr Anil Vij launched the “Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0”

Chandigarh December 2: Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij launched the “Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0” in two selected districts of Haryana namely Palwal and  Mewat, here today under which all pregnant women and children up to the age of five will be vaccinated.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Vij said that a total of four rounds of IMI 2.0 would be conducted from December 2019 to March 2020 under which, about 23,852 children would be vaccinated in District Mewat and about 6,190 children would be vaccinated in District Palwal, who have not been covered earlier.

He said that similarly, about 5,238 pregnant women would be vaccinated in District Mewat and about 1150 pregnant women would be vaccinated in District Palwal adding that the Department is committed to achieving more than 90 percent full immunization Coverage in these two districts.

He said that departments like Education, Women and Child Development, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Rural Development, Urban Nodal Bodies, Information, Public relations, and Languages and Sports and youth affairs would help to achieve targets.

The Minister said that the Haryana Health Department has also launched new vaccines in the last few years. In April 2016, the State introduced the Rota Virus Vaccine (RVV) against diarrhea and   Inactivated Poliovirus vaccine (IPV) for double protection against polio in the State. Apart from this, in 2018, the State successfully completed the Measles-Rubella campaign in Haryana after its launch on April 25. Approximately 74 lakhs (coverage above 99 percent) of children under the age group 9 months to 15 years were vaccinated.

He said that in November 2018, the State has launched the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) from the state’s budget. Haryana is the first state which has taken the initiative to launch the Pneumococcal Vaccine as Atal Teekakaran Yojana, under Swaran Jayanti Yojana in all 22 districts from state resources.

Mr. Vij said that the State Government is committed to improving Immunization coverage in the region of Mewat so as to reduce mortality related to Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD).  Now the full immunization coverage is 65 percent (HMIS) as compared to 13 percent in 2015-16 (NHFS -4), he added. He said that considering the limitation of community mobilization through ASHAs and to resolve the disruptive campaigns against Routine Immunization, Community Mobilization Volunteer (CMVs), are roped in for better community mobilization and awareness generation to improve the Routine immunization coverage in Mewat.

He said that in order to provide accessibility to hard to reach areas, nine dedicated vehicles with vaccinator have been provided in the Mewat region including 7 in Nuh district and two in Hathin.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health Mr. Rajeev Arora, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Ms. Amneet P Kumar, and Director General Health Services, Mr. S B Kamboj were present on the occasion.