Berhampur, Oct 31 (LocalWire): Two districts and one urban local body in the state today were rewarded by the Union ministry of health and family welfare, for achieving more than 90 percent immunisation coverage among children during 2017-18.
The Collectors and chief district medical officers of Ganjam and Khurda and the commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Prem Chandra Choudhury received the appreciation award from the Union health minister Harsh Vardhan at a function to commemorate Pulse Polio silver jubilee at New Delhi.
The districts were awarded for achieving 90 percent coverage of immunization among children during Intensified Mission Indradanush (IMI), the flagship programme of the ministry of health and family welfare, sources said.
‘The appreciation award was due to the team work of the health department employees in the district,’ said Ganjam district Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange. He said every one of the health department, including Asha and Anganwardi workers, field staff of the department as well as block development officers have a share in this success. The BDOs have effectively monitored the drive of IMI during the period.
‘We hope the same team spirit will be maintained in the future to achieve success in other programmes, including immunization,’ he said.
Officials said, Ganjam district achieved 95 percent immunization coverage under IMI during 2018.
Full immunization means, immunization of all vaccinations to a baby from birth to one year.
The vaccines include BCG, Penta 1, 2 and 3 doses, Polio first, second and third doses, Rota 1, 2 and 3 doses and measles.