Friday, Oct 20 2017 | Time 21:24 Hrs(IST)
image
  • France's Macron says Raqqa fall not end of battle against Islamic State
  • At least 46 attacks in area of Niger where U.S. troops killed -UN
  • Two boys drowned in a pond
  • Woman commits suicide in Ambala
  • Virbhadra Singh files nomination papers in Arki
  • Air quality data shows decline in pollution level in Punjab this diwali as compared to pre diwali day
  • Capital witnesses smog, max settles at 35.3 degree C
  • Suicide bomber kills at least 30 at mosque in Afghan capital Kabul
  • ....
  • BJP brings forth 21, Congress 12 new faces in Assy election
  • Xi Jinping foiled coup attempts by former top leaders, claims key Chinese official
  • Attack on EC for Gujarat poll dates is part of 'Save Rahul mission', says BJP
  • Proposing simultaneous polls without draft bill as basis is dangerous: Shantaram Naik
  • 10 new posts approved in GMC
  • KSUM’s sabbatical scheme for teachers gets Govt nod
Science & Technology » Health & Medicine  Share

Poor awareness serious hurdle in achieving immunisation target

Poor awareness serious hurdle in achieving immunisation target

By Noor Mohammad

New Delhi, Sept 26 (UNI) As the Centre gears up to launch Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) campaign from October 7 to raise national full immunisation coverage from 70.
8 per cent to 90 per cent by December 2018, lack of awareness and misconception about vaccines, especially among the marginalised sections, could prove serious challenges.
As per a recent survey, as much as 37 per cent parents lack awareness about benefits of vaccination while other 32 per cent have apprehension of adverse effect.
That means 69 per cent parents are unlikely to respond favourably to the immunisation drive unless they are properly educated about its benefits.
According to findings of the recent National Family Health Survey, immunisation level at 52 per cent is the lowest among the segment of population without any education.
It is at 60 per cent and 67 per cent among those with primary and secondary-level education respectively.
Immunisation level also remains relatively low at 56% in the scheduled tribe population.
The MI, launched in December 2014, has helped accelerate vaccination drive.
While immunisation coverage increased by 1 per cent annually between 2009-10 and 2014-15,it recorded a jump of 6.
7 per cent in 2015-16 after launch of the MI.
Encouraged by the impressive result of the MI, the government has decided to advance the deadline for achieving 90 per cent immunisation coverage from 2020 to 2018.
The drive is being intensified to ensure the target is achieved.
The decision has been taken by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.
The Prime Minister’s Office has asked states to complete headcount surveys of the intended beneficiaries and focus on urban slums and districts that remain laggards in terms of coverage.
Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has been asked to monitor progress in the project.
The drive will target children below two years of age and all pregnant women to save them from seven life-threatening diseases including measles and hepatitis B which can be prevented with vaccination.
Immunisation coverage of 80 per cent has been targeted at the district level under the campaign.
Full Immunisation coverage (FIC) is defined as receipt of one dose of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), three doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV) and three doses of diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) or Pentavalent, and one dose of measles containing vaccine.

UNI XC NAZ SW 1602

Dengue

Dengue epidemic should be declared as 'Health disaster" in TN : DMK

Chennai, Oct 20 (UNI) The Opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu today demanded that the outbreak of dengue epidemic in the state, which has claimed nearly 40 lives, should be declared as a 'Health disaster'.

Panacea

Panacea Biotec receives Manufacturing Authorisation for 22 medicinal products

Mumbai, Oct 17 (UNI)Panacea Biotec a leading biotechnology company said that it has received the Certificate of GMP Compliance from State Service of Ukraine on Medicines and Drugs Control with Manufacturing Authorization for 22 medicinal products, including 4 oncology products for a period valid till June 24, 2020.

UN

UN launches plan to stop transmission of bovine TB to humans

United Nations, Oct 13 (UNI) Stressing the damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia of animal tuberculosis’ (bovine TB) transmission to humans, United Nations health experts have launched the first-ever roadmap to combat the so-called zoonotic TB.

World

World will have more obese children and adolescents than underweight by 2022: WHO

Kolkata, Oct 12 (UNI) The number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades.

Int'l

Int'l breast cancer conference stresses on need for early diagnosis, awareness

New Delhi, Oct 7 (UNI) To promote awareness about breast cancer which is becoming the common cancer among women in the country, an international conference was inaugurated on Saturday.

Solar eclipse 2017: North America will witness total solar eclipse

Solar eclipse 2017: North America will witness total solar eclipse

New York, Aug 21 (UNI) Today, all of North America will witness a total solar eclipse for the first time in 99 years, where the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting darkness across swathes of the Earth's surface - with up to 14 states shrouded in complete blackout.

Nano-particle fertilizer could lead to new 'green revolution'

Nano-particle fertilizer could lead to new 'green revolution'

New Delhi, Jan 26 (UNI) Sri Lankan scientists report having developed a simple way to make a benign, more efficient fertilizer – described as nano-particle fertilizer - that could contribute to a second food revolution across the globe.

Broken pebbles offer clues to Palaeolithic funeral rituals

Broken pebbles offer clues to Palaeolithic funeral rituals

New Delhi, Feb 9 (UNI) Humans may have ritualistically "killed" objects to remove their symbolic power, some 5,000 years earlier than previously thought, a new international study of marine pebble tools from an Upper Palaeolithic burial site in Italy suggests.

image