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Announcing his ministrys intent of observing 2012 as the year of intensification of immunisation,Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the lessons from the polio programme could be used to combat other dreaded diseases.
At the conclusion of the two-day Polio Summit here Azad said: Emboldened by our progress in the eradication of polio,we are confident that we can achieve elimination of measles-related child deaths. We also now wish to completely eliminate neonatal tetanus in India,and are moving towards it. Some of our learnings and lessons from the polio programme could prove to be extremely useful in accomplishing these tasks.
Azad said that his ministry intends to accelerate routine immunisation activities from April 1,with a special focus on 207 districts recording low routine immunisation coverage.
He added that 26 million mothers and children have already been registered under the web-enabled mother and child tracking system set up by the ministry.
The system generates weekly work plans for auxiliary nurse midwives through SMSes. Alerts are also sent to beneficiaries to remind them of the date of the due health services.