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    Rural immunisation week inaugurated Express News Service Lucknow, February 4: The state government on Saturday held a function at its urban reproductive and
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      Rural immunisation week inaugurated
      Express News Service

      Lucknow, February 4: The state government on Saturday held a function
      at its urban reproductive and child health (RCH) nodal unit in Khadra
      to signal the beginning of a special immunisation week programme in
      the state. This was attended by health and family welfare officials,
      UNICEF staff and other NGOs. Family Welfare Minister Ahmed Hassan,
      UNICEF country representative Cecilio Adorna and state representative
      Dr Nimal Hettiaratchy.

      The routine immunisation (RI) programme is one of the major thrust
      areas under the National Rural Health Mission. One of the critical
      areas that the Government of India has put high on agenda is to
      improve the RI coverages in 17 states, including UP, which
      traditionally has low immunisation coverage, through special
      immunisation weeks. These special RI weeks would be conducted in the
      months of February, March and April 2006. The aim will be to increase
      the vaccine coverage, demand for RI, and to reach the left out and
      hard to reach communities.

      It was informed that the state government, supported by UNICEF, WHO
      and some NGOs, has done elaborate preparations for the upcoming
      immunisation weeks in UP that will be held in all the 70 districts.
      UNICEF is mobilising health consultants, social mobilisation networks
      (at district, block and village level) and staff members for
      successful implementation, reporting and monitoring mechanism.
      Auto-disabled syringes would be used in the entire state to ensure
      that the children are provided quality service.

      The fact needs mention that the state has a large pool of about 73 per
      cent infants who have not been immunised or partially immunised.

      Speaking on the occassion, Cecilio Adrona, said ``Recovering the
      immunisation levels reached by India in 1980's-1090's is definitely
      possible. The week launched today in Lucknow is a huge step towards
      achieving universal coverage of immunisation in the state. If consumer
      products like soft drinks can reach remote areas, so should
      vaccinations.'' Appreciating UNICEF's support to the government on RI
      and Polio, Ahmed Hassan announced that the health facility in the
      state is now geared up to provide a doorstep service to people.
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