Mangaluru, April 7: First of its kind in the state, ‘Indradhanush’ the universal immunization programme will be organized by the department of health and family welfare which will be inaugurated by Chief minister Siddaramaiah on April 7th, at Banquet Hall in Vidhana Saudha, informed Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khadar.
The immunization will be done for pregnant women and for children below two years. Due to lack of immunity in the body, people are affected by various types of transmitted disease and suffer from ill health. In future, people should not suffer due to lack of immunity, he said.
Though the state has 85% immunization rate, districts like Kalburgi, Ballari, Yadgiri, Kopal, Raichur are yet to achieve a high level of immunization. Along with these districts, Bengaluru Urban which has highest number of migrants from all over India, has been chosen for the first phase of immunization programme, he said.
On 7th of every month from April to July, a one week immunization program will be carried out. Door to door immunization will be carried out with the help of anganwady workers, Asha activists and local bodies. Immunization units will be set up at the anganwady centres and they will have provisions of mobile vans.
Only 78 %of the children are vaccinated against prevention of 9 deadly diseases. Similar to the polio drops programme, even this programme will be implemented, informed Khader.
Within the next six months, generic medicines will be made available in all the district headquarters of the state and later at the taluk centres. CM Siddaramaiah announced this health scheme before Ananth Kumar became the union minister. We will take initiatives regarding the implementation of this programme in the state. Let the Union Minister be undoubted pertaining to this matter, said Khader.
Minister UT Khader has urged the citizens to co-operate during the upcoming census.