The government’s re-launched universal immunisation programme had a target of achieving full immunisation by 2020. It has now decided to advance it to 2018.
Of the 134 cases that India reported, the cause of death among 96% of children was listed as being “unclassifiable” or “coincidental due to something other than vaccine.”
The same clerics played an important role in spreading awareness about the polio vaccine and making India polio free.
In India, where millions of children are growing up in less than perfect environments for their development, their wellbeing could not be more precarious.
In India, rotavirus infections kill 98,000 children every year. Kang has been working on determining how many cases are added each year and where, and their possible control.
When it comes to complete immunisation–against DPT, polio and measles–only 65% of Indian children are vaccinated.
Taking a cue from ‘Do boond zindagi ki…’ (‘Two drops of life’), Madhuri Dixit says ‘Vaada zindagi ka…’ (‘The promise of life’) to increase immunisation coverage, which has remained stagnant since 2009.
Gujarat did poorly on immunising children despite being a relatively wealthy state, which hardly looks good for its former chief minister, Narendra Modi, given his talk of Gujarat as a model for India