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.
The fact that a disease affects only a small percentage of a population or that medicines for it are required infrequently are unacceptable reasons for its non-availability at public institutes and hospitals.
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.”