J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, reviewed the progress of IMI with the Health Ministers and Principal Secretaries of 24 states. In the review meeting, Nadda highlighted the state-specific issues and stressed upon the need for regular meetings of State Steering Committee and the Task Forces for strengthening intersectoral convergence. The Health Ministry will give the awards to the best performing districts and states based on the performance in IMI evaluated through the reported coverage and monitoring findings. The states and the districts should achieve 90 percent full immunization coverage for getting rewarded.
To improve the coverage, MI was launched with a strategy to focus on unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children in the pockets of low immunization coverage in high risk and hard-to reach areas identified through Polio micro-plans. More than 2.55 crore children and around 68.71 lakh pregnant women have been immunized during the four rounds of immunization spanning over 2 years divided into four phases, with each phase comprising drives of 7 working days each for four consecutive months. The progress has also been validated by the report of Integrated Childhood & Immunization Survey (INCHIS), according to which the first two phases of MI have led to an increase in full immunization coverage by 6.7 percent.
The Prime Minister showed urgency to reach out to each and every child with due vaccines and prepone the time line of 90 percent full immunization coverage by December 2018. A total of 190 districts/urban areas across 24 states have been identified for implementation of IMI. The IMI has completed two rounds during October 2017 and November 2017 except for Assam and Bihar where the sessions began in November 2017 (due to floods in the preparation phase). IMI sessions will begin in Kerala from January 2017 due to ongoing measles-rubella vaccination campaign. After the two rounds of IMI (as on December 4, 2017), 30.73 lakh children have been immunized, 8.03 lakh children have been fully immunized, and 6.51 lakh pregnant women have been immunized.