The Telangana State Health Minister C Laxma Reddy launched Mission Indradhanush here by administering vaccines to children below two years here on Tuesday. The Minister said that it is an auspicious occasion to launch the programme at Achampet. He said that six-bed hospitals at mandal-level would be upgraded to 30-bed hospitals. Later, the Minister inspected the Achampet government hospital and assured of upgrading it to 100-bed hospital.
Shadnagar Town: Industries Minister Jupally Krishna Rao launched the Mission Indradhanush by vaccinating children below two years at a progamme organised in Shadnagar town on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Jupally said that the State and Central governments have launched one vaccine by name Indradhanush for children below two years. He said that one vaccine would prevent seven diseases in children.
District Collector Sreedevi, Shadnagar MLA Anjaiah Yadaiah, former MLC Jagadeeshwar Reddy, other party leaders and officials were present.
About Mission Indradhanush programme
The Mission Indradhanush programme aims to immunize all children against seven vaccine preventable diseases namely diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B by 2020.
Mission Indradhanush Target
The Minister launched the Mission on Good Governance Day to mark the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Madan Mohan Malaviya and birthday of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Enumerating on the Mission, the Health Minister said, “We have identified 201 high focus districts in the country in the first phase which have nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children. These districts will be targeted by intensive efforts to improve the routine immunization coverage.”
The Minister stated that of the 201 districts, 82 districts are in just four states of UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and nearly 25% of the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children of India are in these 82 districts of 4 states.
J P Nadda informed that between 2009-2013 immunization coverage has increased from 61% to 65%, indicating only 1% increase in coverage every year. To accelerate the process of immunization by covering 5% and more children every year, the Mission Mode has been adopted to achieve target of full coverage by 2020, he stated.