Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) to let no child suffer from any vaccine-preventable disease. Through this program, Government of India aims to reach each and every child less than two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunization program. The special drive will focus on improving immunization coverage in select districts and cities to ensure full immunization to more than 90 percent by December 2018. The achievement of full immunization under Mission Indradhanush to at least 90 percent coverage was to be achieved by 2020 earlier. With the launch of IMI, achievement of the target has now been advanced.

The four phases of Mission Indradhanush have reached to more than 2.53 crore children and 68 lakh pregnant women with life-saving vaccines including 5.21 lakh children and 1.27 lakh pregnant women in Gujarat. Earlier the increase in full immunization coverage was one percent per year, which has increased to 6.7 percent per year through the first two phases of Mission Indradhanush.

With a sharpened focus on high priority districts and urban areas, under IMI, four consecutive immunization rounds will be conducted for seven days in 173 districts – 121 districts and 17 cities in 16 states and 52 districts in eight north eastern states – every month between October 2017 and January 2018. IMI will cover low-performing areas in the selected districts and urban areas. Special attention will be given to unserved/low coverage pockets in sub-center and urban slums with migratory population. The focus is also on the urban settlements and cities identified under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).

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