Poor implementation of routine immunisation programmes has led to continued outbreaks of the disease.
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.
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.