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Uttarakhand to launch 3-month-long immunisation drive

DEHRADUN: The health department of Uttarakhand has announced to launch a three-month-long intensive immunisation programme from Monday in 10 districts across the state. The programme aims to cover all those who were left out from the routine immunisation drives.

Briefing the media regarding the program, National Health Mission’s (NHM) director Yugal Kishore Pant said that the government of India is launching mission “Indradhanush 2.0” in 27 states (including Uttarakhand) of the country.

“The intensive immunisation campaign will be carried out in four phases. The first phase will start from December 2. The campaign will end in March 2020. We aim to achieve 100% immunisation through the drive,” said Pant. 
Under the GOI’s immunisation program, vaccinations for preventable diseases including diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, severe form of childhood tuberculosis, hepatitis B, meningitis and pneumonia (Hemophilus influenza type B infections), Japanese encephalitis (JE) in JE endemic districts with introduction of newer vaccines such as rotavirus vaccine, IPV, adult JE vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and measles-rubella (MR) vaccine in UIP/national immunization programme are administered to kids and pregnant ladies for free of cost. 
The officials of health department informed that all the kids and pregnant ladies will be provided free immunisations for seven consecutive days starting from the first Monday of every month. 
“The immunisation phases will start from December 02, 2019, January 06, 2020, February 03, 2020, and March 02, 2020. The maximum 572 sessions of immunisation are planned in Haridwar district as we have to cover almost 9,724 kids and 1,857 pregnant women there who were left out of immunization drives,” said Pant while adding that Dehradun, Bageshwar, and Nainital districts will not be covered in the immunisation drive as they have already shown massive improvement in the latest survey.


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