Immunisation drive targets kids in high-risk urban zones

After achieving almost 66 per cent coverage in immunisation level across the state,the Uttar Pradesh government has launched a special routine immunisation campaign for identified high-risk zones in urban areas.

Written by SURBHI KHYATI | Lucknow | Published: April 25, 2013 12:14 am

After achieving almost 66 per cent coverage in immunisation level across the state,the Uttar Pradesh government has launched a special routine immunisation campaign for identified high-risk zones in urban areas.

The campaign is expected to cover almost 63,000 high risk sites identified in all 75 districts,vaccinating children who have been left out in routine immunisation camps due to migration of families and further increasing the immunisation coverage of the state.

The campaign will be held in four phases,the first of which began today across 52 districts — leaving the 23 districts of eastern UP where measles mop-up rounds are being conducted. Each phase will continue for a week,excluding two days of routine immunisation camps — Wednesday and Saturday,when immunisation camps will be held at routine sites rather than high risk areas.

On remaining days of the week,teams will reach out to the identified high risk sites and vaccinate children against the seven diseases (Diphtheria,Pertussis,Tetanus,Polio,Tuberculosis,Hepatitis B and Measles) which are covered under routine immunisation programme. The microplanning for the special routine immunisation week is being done at the district level and required number of teams have been formed in each district to visit these sites.

“The high-risk areas include migratory populations,workers of brick-kilns and other construction sites as well as temporary dwelling sites beside river beds. The children living in these areas are left out in routine immunisation campaigns because their parents move from one place to another for work and other reasons. It is expected that the special campaign would help in increasing the immunisation coverage of the state,” said Dr AP Chaturvedi,Joint Director,Routine Immunisation,Uttar Pradesh.

The second phase of special immunisation coverage will begin from June 3,in all 75 districts,while the third and fourth phase will be conducted between July 8 and 13 and August 19 and 24 respectively across the state. The data for high risk areas have been borrowed from polio high risk areas identified and updated before each polio campaign,said Dr Chaturvedi. In UP,out of 820 blocks,66 blocks have been identified as high risk blocks with approximately 63,000 sites.

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