About 50 percent of children in Tamil Nadu did not get all vaccines prescribed under the universal immunization scheme, according to a recent survey by the government of India.
Indradhanush immunization scheme inaugurated by the State health minister C Vijayabhaskar on October 7 aims at bringing at least 90% of children born in the state under the universal immunization programme. The vaccination program will cover 19 districts in the state to prevent polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, childhood tuberculosis, measles and Hepatitis B. Pregnant women will be given vaccine against tetanus in these camps.
In Tamil Nadu, the second phase of immunization programme, Mission Indradhanush, was being launched in 19 districts including Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, say sources. In Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari special camps will be held for a week and vaccines will be given from 9 am to 4 pm.
The flagship program of the central government will held at all anganwadi centers, primary health centers, sub-centers, government hospitals and medical colleges in four phases. Each phase would be held for a week beginning October 7, November 7, December 7 and January 7, 2016, report sources.
Children in hilly areas, remote places, urban slum areas have been targeted through this immunization program. "Our focus is mainly on small villages in the surrounding and people living in hard to reach areas, settlements, nomads and migrants," said Dr Vijayabhaskar.