Ahead of launching its ambitious child immunization program ‘Mission Indradhanush’ next month, the health ministry on Monday unveiled a major campaign to create awareness on immunization. Nadda, who launched the multi-media campaign of Mission Indradhanush, reiterated the importance of immunization for all children. Mission Indradhanush depicting seven colors of the rainbow, aims to cover all those children by 2020 who are either unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases — diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B. “A nation cannot be healthy when its children, who are its most valuable asset, are not healthy,”he said.
Of these, 82 districts are in UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and nearly 25 percent of the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children are in the 82 districts of the four states. Nadda said between 2009 and 2013 immunization coverage has increased from 61 to 65 percent, indicating just a one percent increase in the coverage every year. Therefore, to accelerate the process, mission mode has been adopted. “It is a very ambitious project and is a huge responsibility. Only 65 percent children in India receive all vaccines during their first year of life. Every third child in our country is not immunized or is partially immunized,” Nadda said.