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Orientation workshop on IMI 2.0 held in Kohima

Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/27/2020 12:21:05 PM IST
As the country gears up to achieve universal coverage of immunization under Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0, a series of intensified immunization campaigns under the banner of Mission Indradhanush were conducted since 2015.
In a total of 8 phases in the past 5 years, 3.39 crore children and 87.2 lakh pregnant women were vaccinated, however, the performance and coverage was below average in many states and children were being missed. This was stated by Dr. Visasieü Kire, medical superintendent, Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) during the orientation workshop on Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 organised by the regional outreach bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Kohima at Eastgate Hotel, Kohima on January 27. She further informed that the concurrent monitoring data shows that 35% of missed children is due to awareness and information gap while 26% of missed children is due to fear of adverse event following immunization (AEFI) leading to 61% of children who did not get vaccinated due to communication gap.
Dr. Kire said that IMI 2.0 was launched in December 2019 across the country in selected districts in order to aggressively scale up the immunization coverage and then sustain it thereafter through strengthening the health system in addressing the inequity issues in access to health. 
She expressed hope that with the awareness generation programmes that will be held in the 8 districts of the state, the community will be informed about the benefits of vaccinating the children and all fears, hesitancy and doubts will be removed from their minds. Also speaking in the programme as the guest of honour, Kohima Press Club general secretary Atono Tsükrü Kense highlighted on the role of media in disseminating information relating to health education to the community, particularly those living in rural and far-flung areas.
Kense said the media as a backbone of any democratic country, has a huge responsibility towards the society for responsible journalism with credible information and reporting keeping in mind the ethics of journalism at the core. Stating that there was a need for a sustained effort between the media and the health providers to achieve the policies and programmes of the government, Kense said ultimately, it was the mutual coordination among journalists, healthcare providers, public health officials and government that determines the success of a public health campaign.
Inaugural programme was followed by the technical session with Dr. Ritu Thur, state immunization officer, directorate of Health & Family Welfare and Marykali Yeptomi, Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) consultant, UNICEF as the resource persons.

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