Mission Indradhanush targets Bihar’s kids

imagesCA9XIFI6PATNA:  It’s another rainbow over the Indian state of Bihar, and it’s called ‘mission indradhanush or Mission Rainbow’, and children below two years is the target. After rolling out the pentavalent vaccine programme that incorporates five vaccines in a single dose, its time to bring te left out infants under the rainbow of protection.

In Bihar, UNICEF media officer Nipurnh Gupta appealed to the media to play a positive role in disseminating information far and wide at a special Media meeting with representatives of the press recently. The Press has promised to promote the event in the interest of Bihar’s children.

Though Bihar has succeeded in improving the immunisation coverage of children, also known as routine immunization (RI), to about 70%  currently, the fact is that at least nine lakh children remain partially immunised or not immunised in Bihar.  Some 890,000  children in India have no immunisation cover. A special immunisation drive, Mission Indradhanush has been launched throughout the country.


The drive will be carried out  in Bihar’s West Champaran, East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Samastipur, Begusarai, Saharsa, Araria, Kishanganj, Patna, Jamui, Gaya and Seohar districts from April 7 and last till July. Children under two years of age and pregnant women will be targeted.

Half of the state’s nine lakh unvaccinated or partially vaccinated kids are in these 14 districts. Many  factors were taken into account in selecting these districts, such as areas with health subcentres left unstaffed for more than three months, villages which missed RI schedule for three or more moths, high- risk areas like brick kilns and construction sites and the number of migrant settlements were among the deciding factors, state immunisation officer Dr N K Sinha said.

Vaccines will be provided by the Centre and human resources by the states concerned. Besides the WHO and Unicef, the mission is supported by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics and the Rotary Club International.

The four-round drive will continue till July. Each round will be spread over a week. Frontline health workers will hold special drives at primary health centres on first two days of the week, thereafter they will visit homes in  panchayats or outside their blocks. Mobile teams of ANMs will also be sent to sites like brick kilns.

The massive drive will be conducted at health subcentre level with  500 to 800 special sessions in each of the target districts. At least such 8,400 sessions will be conducted in the state in addition to regular immunisation sessions.

The WHO has already imparted training to district immunisation officers of the selected districts who are expected to be the master trainers and cascade the training downwards to the village level personnel.  The WHO and other development partners will monitor the programme implementation, according to WHO Bihar team leader Dr Madhup Bajpai.

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