Second phase of Mission Indradhanush launched in 352 districts

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Who: Union Government
What: Launched Second phase of Mission Indradhanush
When: 5 October 2015

The Union Government on 5 October 2015 launched second phase of the immunisation programme, Mission Indradhanush, focusing on 352 districts.

The second phase of the programme aims at achieving more than 90 per cent full immunization in the country by 2020. The mission targets to cover all children below 2 years of age and pregnant women with full immunization against seven vaccine preventable diseases.

The second phase will watch over 352 districts including 279 mid priority districts, 33 from the North East states and 40 districts from phase one where large number of missed out children were detected.

The second phase will last for a week starting from 7 October 2015. It will be followed by weeklong intensified immunization drives for three consecutive months, starting from 7 November 2015 and 7 December 2015 and 7 January 2016.

First phase of Mission Indradhanush

The Union Government launched Mission Indradhanush on 25 December 2014 to immunize all children against seven vaccine preventable diseases namely diphtheria, whooping cough (Pertussis), tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B by 2020.

The first round of the first phase started from 7 April 2015 which focused on 201 districts in 28 states. It was followed by three rounds of more than a week in the months of April 2015, May 2015, June 2015 and July 2015, starting from 7th of each month.

During the four rounds of Mission Indradhanush, 9.4 lakh sessions were held, during which about 2 crore vaccines were administered to the children and pregnant women.