Mangaluru, April 7, 2015: Interacting with media April 6, Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader clarified that Indradhanush, an immunisation campaign for children below two years who are partially vaccinated or missed vaccination and pregnant women, is to be inaugurated at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on April 7 at 10.30 am. He went on to say that in the first phase of the programme five districts of Hyderabad Karnataka-Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Ballari, Raichur, Koppal and Bengaluru urban (including BBMP) which has most number of migrants will figure.
This vaccination would prevent nine diseases like diphtheria, whooping, cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B, Monthly rounds will be conducted i.e: from April 7, May 7, June 7 and from July 7.
As per surveys conducted in six districts by the department, there are at least around 68,145 below two-year children who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated and there are about 18,200 pregnant women. The vaccination will be done at door steps and anganwadi centres using trained health department officials, anganwadi workers and Asha workers.
Indradhanush campaign would be implemented with the help of World Health Organisation (WHO), Unisef, Rotary International and urban local bodies and other organisations in 659 mobile squads, 3,490 centres and 5,268 areas of six districts in the first phase. It will be supported by Mother and Child Tracking System soon, the minister said.