Final third round to be held from Oct 9-14: Officials
Srinagar, Sept 22: The Union Territory of J&K has exceeded its immunization targets during the second round of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 5.0, a nationwide initiative focused on routine immunization.
As per the official figures available with Excelsior, the UT conducted an impressive 4,132 sessions, surpassing the planned 3,188 sessions for immunization. These efforts have resulted in the vaccination of over 6,000 pregnant women and approximately 34,000 children in the 0-5 age group.
During the second round, which commenced on September 11 and concluded on September 16, J&K not only met but also exceeded its vaccination goals. A similar performance was observed during Round-I, during which J&K achieved a 95 percent coverage of the beneficiaries under the IMI 5.0.
Numbers further state that the target for vaccinating pregnant women in the UT was set at 4,529, and an impressive 6,146 were successfully vaccinated. In the same period, a target of 21,707 children in the 0-5 age group was set, and a total of 34,058 children were immunized across J&K.
Breaking down the district-wise numbers, 624 pregnant women were vaccinated during Round-II of IMI 5.0 in district Anantnag, 50 in Bandipora, 135 in Baramulla, 510 in Budgam, 500 in Doda, 141 in Ganderbal, 483 in Jammu, 601 in Kathua, 97 in Kishtwar, 226 in Kulgam, 72 in Kupwara, 974 in Poonch, 283 in Pulwama, 254 in Rajouri, 234 in Ramban, 259 in Reasi, 119 in Samba, 166 in Shopian, 242 in Srinagar, and 176 in Udhampur.
Similarly, concerning children in the 0-5 age group, 2,880 children were covered in district Anantnag, 656 in Bandipora, 1,895 in Baramulla, 2,222 in Budgam, 2,177 in Doda, 815 in Ganderbal, 3,086 in Jammu, 2,527 in Kathua, 1,015 in Kishtwar, 1,476 in Kulgam, 911 in Kupwara, 3,569 in Poonch, 1,496 in Pulwama, 1,692 in Rajouri, 1,746 in Ramban, 1,264 in Reasi, 608 in Samba, 658 in Shopian, 2,061 in Srinagar and 1,313 in Udhampur.
These figures highlight the significant strides made in district Samba for vaccinating pregnant women under IMI 5.0. Moreover, in the category of children aged 0-5, Anantnag followed by Samba recorded the highest coverage.
Following the successful conclusion of the First and Second Rounds of IMI 5.0, officials have informed that the final round is scheduled to take place from October 9-14 of this year.
Officials emphasized that the initiative is a vital part of the nationwide effort to eliminate Measles-Rubella disease by December 2023. Additionally, they underscored one of the key features of IMI 5.0, which is the digitization of routine immunization activities as part of the Digital India Mission. Officials elaborated, stating, “This is facilitated through the U-WIN platform, which enables tracking of immunization schedules and downloading of e-certificates.”
Furthermore, the IMI has a significant goal of increasing full immunization coverage to more than 90 percent. With the launch of the mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2014, the initiative has already led to a substantial increase in routine immunization coverage in low-performing districts across the country.
As part of its expansion, IMI was also introduced in Urban High-Risk Areas. Officials noted that to date, four successful missions have been conducted under this initiative.
In addition to covering all children up to 5 years of age and pregnant women throughout the country, including those who have missed their scheduled vaccine doses, IMI 5.0 also aims to eliminate Measles-Rubella disease from India by December 2023.