Government to intensify immunisation drive

New Delhi: The health ministry Monday declared 2012 as the year for intensification of routine immunisation, in order to take the ratio to 100 percent from the existing 61 percent, an official statement said.

According to the ministry, this will be done through a special campaign.

"The key objective of this campaign is to improve full immunisation coverage and reach all children, particularly in remote, inaccessible and backward areas as well as in urban slums," the statement said.

The strategies that are being deployed include: updating micro plans to cover all villages and hamlets in the country, special immunisation drives in pockets of low immunisation coverage; intensification of immunisation activity by observing immunisation weeks in low performing states and deployment of adequate number of health workers.

Prioritization of areas with exclusive strategy for 200 districts poor performing districts in the country will also be done with special focus on migrant and mobile populations.


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