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NAGALAND: Information from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has revealed that Nagaland is one of the states in the country with low immunization rates in both the urban and rural areas. The state trails behind almost all the north-eastern region states.
The full immunization rate in India is 58.5% for rural and 67.4% for urban (as per Coverage Evaluation Survey (CES) 2009), the Minister for Health & Family Welfare, J P Nadda, stated this in the Rajya Sabha in Delhi on Tuesday, December 22.
Mission Indradhanush was launched by Union Health Minister J.P Nadda on December 25, 2014. It aims to immunize all children against seven vaccine preventable diseases namely diphtheria, whooping cough (Pertussis), tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B by 2020.
The immunization rate for children in India is 58.9% for SC category and 49.8% for ST category (as per CES, 2009 data).
The first phase of Mission Indradhanush was started as a weeklong special intensified immunization drive from 7th April 2015 in 201 high focus districts for four consecutive months. The second phase started on 13th December 2015.
Nagaland has six districts listed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as high-focus districts where immunization would be implemented with more concentration. Likewise, the central government has listed five districts in Nagaland as medium-focus districts. In addition, there are six districts from Nagaland that were included in the first phase but also included in phase-two of the program. The districts are Dimapur, Kiphire, Kohima, Mon, Tuensang, and Wokha.
The central government has undertaken various campaigns in past one year for making the country diseases free, the minister said. IDCF was launched across all states and the union territories on 28th July by the highest leadership in a state. It invited large media coverage and massive awareness generation on Diarrhoea control related activities.
Minister for Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda has requested all the states and union territories to 'seek active participation of the public' for the campaigns.
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