Children and pregnant women who missed the immunisation during the earlier two phases across the country can now benefit from the third phase which will begin from April 7, 2016.
The third phase of 'Mission Indradhanush' immunisation programme, targets 216 districts across India.
"We will cover 216 highly focused districts. Twenty-six districts that did well in the earlier phases have been dropped and 41 new districts added to the list for special focus under the third phase," said, Additional Health Secretary C.K. Mishra.
‘Mission Indradhanush was launched to ensure all children under the age of two and pregnant women were immunised for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, tuberculosis, polio, hepatitis B and measles.’
Mission Indradhanush was launched on December 25, 2014 to ensure all children under the age of two and pregnant women were immunised against preventable diseases of diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, tuberculosis, polio, hepatitis B and measles.
As many as 38.1 lakh pregnant women and 38.7 lakh children were immunised in the two phases.
Mishra said, "The immunisation programme has been a bit challenging in the north-east due to geographical factors. However, the government will ensure that no children are left out in the third phase."
As per the ministry statistics, Andhra Pradesh tops with 98 percent immunisation, followed by Punjab, Karnataka and Rajasthan with 81 percent.