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More than 50 pc children in State yet to be covered under IMI




 More than 50 percent of children in Odisha are yet to be covered under Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI).

This is a cause of concern as these children are exposed to vaccine preventable diseases. According to latest report on immunization drive of the Government of India, only 46 percent of the monitored children have received all due doses. However, 54 percent of the children are left out, said sources. Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has pointed out that it is a matter of concern as such a large number of children are yet to be covered. The Ministry has brought to the notice of the State government that IMI, a flagship initiative of the Union Government has been ongoing in 172 districts and 17 urban zones of the country including in Odisha with an aim to protect all children from vaccine preventable diseases.

This mission has completed two rounds in October and November 2017, where in more than 30 lakh children and nearly 7 lakh pregnant women were covered with immunization services. Monitoring and review of IMI has revealed that a large number of children are yet to be covered under the program in Odisha, where IMR and MMR appear significant. In the Mission approach what is more required is the involvement of organizations like National Cadet Corps (NCC), Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) and National Service Scheme (NSS) for social mobilization of beneficiaries.

However, it has come to the fore that there is sub-optimal involvement of youth organizations like NCC, NYK and NSS in mobilizing people for IMI. Depicting seven colours of the rainbow, IMI is aimed at providing vaccination to children against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and Hepatitis B.  The Mission in addition will also provide vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis and Haemophilus influenza Type B in selected districts. The aim of IMI is to achieve full immunization coverage for more than 90 percent  children in all districts.

Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is continuously reviewing the flagship program of IMI in PRAGATI and monitoring its progress. Though huge efforts are put in place for IMI, its implementation in Odisha continues to be a matter of great concern. Officials of the Department of Health & Family Welfare are engaged in the program and the feedback of November, 2017 has come as an eye opener for the State Administration, said sources. Taking this into account, the State government has decided to ensure convergence of all the departments for social mobilization of beneficiaries and make it a mass movement, so that every child gets protection against vaccine preventable diseases, officials said.






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