Manipur Health Minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh on Monday launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 5.0 in the state at JNIMS, Porompat, Imphal East.
The event was jointly organised by the State Health Society, National Health Mission, Manipur and Directorate of Health Services Government of Manipur.
Speaking at the occasion as Chief Guest, Health & IPR Minister Dr Ranjan Singh said that immunisation of children is necessary in order to protect them from diseases and also keep other children healthy by eliminating or reducing dangerous diseases. It has become easier to keep records of immunisation with the advancement of technology. The data also needs to be maintained for future references, he added.
He maintained that the immunisation programme should be conducted adhering to the proper guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health. The frontline health staff and volunteers are required to follow the proper guidelines. Proper training of the staff is also required in order to fulfil the objective of the campaign, the Minister asserted.
Minister also highlighted the important role played by the frontline health staff and health volunteers during the time of COVID pandemic. We need to have the idea of the use of digital platforms these days. We all should give our best effort during the time of any health crisis. He also appealed to all concerned to be proactive to achieve the targeted goal.
Secretary/Commissioner Health, Government of Manipur. PK Jha, SMD, National Health Mission, Manipur Dr Somorjit Ningombam, Director JNIMS Dr L. Deven Singh and Medical Superintendent, JNIMS, Dr Kh Lokeshwar graced the occasion as president and Guests of Honour respectively.
The first phase of the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 5.0, an immunisation campaign, was launched today in Kangpokpi District by Deputy Commissioner Mahesh Chaudhari (IAS) at the Office of the District Immunization Officer, District Hospital.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lamkhoneng Haokip, District Immunisation Officer Dr. Eunice Haokip and teams of Health Department were also present at the launch programme organised by the Family Welfare Department and District Health Society, Kangpokpi.
It may be mentioned that, IMI 5.0 focuses on reaching zero-dose children aged between 0 - 5 years and pregnant women, ensuring that every child receives life-saving vaccines and those who might have missed any vaccine doses in the national immunisation schedule earlier.
The campaign also aims in achieving Measles & Rubella elimination in the country by ensuring that every child under 5 years of age has completed the two-dose schedule of Measles and Rubella Containing Vaccine (MRCV).
Speaking to the District Information Officer (IPR) regarding the immunization campaign, District Immunisation Officer Dr. Eunice Haokip said that the health teams are targeting to cover 23,000 children aged between 0 - 5 years and more than 2,000 pregnant women under the IMI 5.0 drive. She said all the health workers have already been given training on 5th August, 2023 for the immunisation campaign.
She informed the Intensified Mission Indradhanush 5.0 will be held in three phases. The first phase will be held from August 7 to 12, the second phase from September 11 to 16 and the third phase from October 9 to 14. The three round immunisation programmes will help children upto five years and pregnant women fight as many as 12 diseases, she added.
District Health Society, Tamenglong, on Monday launched the Intensified Mission Indradanus (IMI-5.0) at the conference hall of the District Hospital Duigailong in Tamenglong.
Tamenglong Deputy Commissioner Dr. L Angshim Dangshawa, in the presence of chief medical officer Tamenglong Dr G Majachunglu, District Immunization Officer Tamenglong Dr Sunil Kamei, District Leprosy officer Dr Felix Kamei and Medical Superintendent of district hospital Duigailong and parents and nurses formally launched the launched the IMI-5.O.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. L Angshim Dangshawa said the hill people usually have lots of rumours about immunization and are hesitant to get immunized. On the other hand, some people are not able to get immunized due to bad road conditions, he added.
He informed that two children died a few days back at Taningjam village due to an unknown disease. He regretted that the villagers did not inform the concerned authorities on time.
While urging parents of the district to immunize their children on time, he added that timely Immunization is very important to save lives.
District Immunization Officer of Tamenglong, Dr Sunil Kamei, informed the house that as many as 307 people are identified to be covered in the IMI-5.0 in 72 session sites in the first round.
In all 72 session sites, 9 villages in Tamenglong block, 17 villages in Tamei block, 46 villages under Tousem block are included.
DIO Tamenglong further informed that in all, 307 people to be covered in IMI-5.0 and that, in the first round, 73 pregnant women, 182 children between 0-2 years and 52 children between 2-5 years are to be covered.