Everything about Indradhanush Mission

The Union Minister of India launched the third phase of the Indradhanush Mission and published the rules and provisions associated with it.

What is the Indradhanush Mission?

Mission Indradhanush was launched in 2014, to provide all citizens of the country with efficient and cost-effective health care. The goal of this scheme is to prevent pregnant women and children below 2 years of age from eight diseases preventable by vaccination. diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, measles, meningitis and Hepatitis B are amongst the 8 preventable diseases.

The Mission Indradhanush aimed to achieve a 90% coverage of the usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP)  in India by 2020 and maintain the same.

To modify the scheme, Intensified Indradhanush Mission 1.0 was launched in 2017. The focus of this scheme was to complete the immunisation program all over the country and achieve a success rate of more than 90% by December 2018 instead of 2020. Intensified Indradhanush Mission 2.0. was launched from December 2019 till March 2020. This phase of the mission emphasized tribal areas.

Ministry of Women and Child Development, Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs and many other ministries came together to ensure the proper working and implementation of the immunization scheme. This scheme is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. But it received support from all the major ministries such as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, the Ministry of Women & Child Development and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

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What is Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0?

Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 scheme is a sub-part of the scheme that was launched in 2014. It was launched in February by Dr Harsh Vardhan for pregnant women and children who missed their scheduled immunization during the COVID-19 outbreak. The overall goal of this scheme is to ensure a full unifying universal immunisation in India.

Amidst the pandemic, the authorities and employees are instructed to obey and implement all the guidelines needed for social distancing, masks, sanitisation etc. Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 will be done in two rounds comprising 15 days each.

The first round of the immunisation program will begin on February 22, 2021, and the second round of the program will begin on March 22, 2021. The immunisation program is all set to be held in 250 districts and urban areas across 29 states and union territories. Which are marked and identified well in advance so that no pregnant women and child are left aside. The current immunisation program will focus to reach every part of the country and achieve a 90% success rate in the immunisation program promoting India’s step towards growth and development.

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