Health minister J P Nadda Thursday said four new vaccines would be added to the recently launched Mission Indradhanush — a flagship programme to immunise children against preventable diseases and improve the infant mortality rate by 2020.
The new vaccines, inactivated polio vaccine, adult Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine and Measles Rubella vaccine, have been made part of the ‘India newborn’ action plan.
Speaking in Shimla, where he launched the Health Ministry’s webpage on Mission Indradhanush, Nadda said that since December — when the programme was launched — the Centre has covered 40 lakh children of the 90 lakh it had mapped for this year.
He further said the ministry has set a target to bring the infant morality rate to single digits from the existing 28 per 1000 infants. Nadda said as part of this initiative, the government has inducted a new vaccine, Pentavalent (to combat diseases like Diphtheria, whooping cough and Tetanus) Hepatitis B and Hib vaccines. Nadda also launched a mobile application for field health managers, who will use it to update data which will reach the health minister on real-time basis.
He said the immunisation programme has been designed on lines of the successful polio programme to ensure that no child is left un-vaccinated by 2020. There will be increase of five per cent more children every year.