19 February 2021 | News
The Union Minister also released the Operational Guidelines for IMI 3.0 and the awareness material/IEC package developed as part of the campaign
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, has launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0.
Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and Mangal Pandey, Health Minister, Bihar were also present during the occasion through video conference.
The Union Minister also launched the IMI 3.0 portal and released the Operational Guidelines for IMI 3.0 and the awareness material/IEC package developed as part of the campaign.
Dr Vardhan expressed: The Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 will have two rounds starting from February 22 and March 22, 2021 and will be conducted in pre-identified 250 districts/urban areas across 29 States/UTs in the country. Focus of the IMI 3.0 will be the children and pregnant women who have missed their vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be identified and vaccinated during the two rounds of IMI 3.0. Each round will be for 15 days each.
Dr Vardhan said, “Mission Indradhanush is indeed a successful strategy to reach out to every dropped out and left out child and pregnant woman. There has been remarkable improvement in the immunisation coverage which is also evident in the NFHS5 data as available for 22 States.”
Choubey said, “Mission Indradhanush & Intensified Mission Indradhanush has enabled the immunisation system in reaching hard to reach and high-risk areas including brick kilns, construction sites and nomadic population.”
States have been asked to follow 'staggered approach’ to avoid crowding at the session sites and even plan break-up sessions if staggered approach is not effective to avoid crowding.
Senior health officials of state governments and representatives of development partners like UNDP, BMGF joined virtually.