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Now, a Tracking System for Immunisation in India

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03 August 2011
New Delhi, India

The name– and telephone–based tracking of pregnant mothers and children through a web–enabled system makessure they receive complete vaccination
In a major stride towards ensuring that children and pregnant women get basic immunisation, the government has a tracking system for vaccination in place, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

"We have introduced name– and telephone–based tracking of pregnant mothers and children through a web–enabled system. The initiative intends to make sure that all pregnant mothers and children receive full care and complete vaccination," Azad said at a high level ministerial meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the capital.

The tracking system will enable health officials to track each and every child and monitor the provision of timely immunisation services to help verify and improve outreach of services, Azad said, reports IANS.

Basic vaccines in routine immunisation include four vaccines against six diseases such as BCG (vaccine against childhood tuberculosis), DTP (combined vaccine against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus), OPV (vaccine against polio) and measles.

While the Ministry is confident about its move, WHO officials feel it was a much needed step for a country like India that has a vast population.

"India's size is a challenge as a sizable population is not aware of the benefits of immunisation. We always needed a tracking system to spot the drop outs in vaccination, and reach out to the grass root population," Poonam Khetarpal Singh, Deputy Regional Director, WHO (SEARO), said.

Plan to scale up immunisation programmes
India will soon begin scaling up its immunisation programmes to reach out to remote regions of the country, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told the World Health Organisation's (WHO) high–level ministerial meeting.

"Vaccination is the most cost–effective public health intervention since it provides direct and effective protection against preventable morbidity and mortality. We plan to scale up all initiatives related to immunisation," Azad said.

According to the Health Ministry, India runs one of the world's largest immunisation programmes for the around 26 million children born in the country every year.

The Health Ministry now aims at overcoming cultural and geographical barrier to sensitise people on the importance of basic immunisation.

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