Rural immunisation week inaugurated
- 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.