Perspective: Covid Shadow on Immunisation

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on Covid Shadow on Immunisation. World Immunization Day is celebrated every year on November 10 to make people aware about the importance of getting timely vaccinations against vaccine preventable diseases. Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions to date, averting an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. As a direct result of immunization, the world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, with only two remaining polio endemic countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. Deaths from measles, a major child killer, declined by 73 per cent worldwide between 2000 and 2018 preventing an estimated 23.2 million deaths. And as of today, all but 12 countries have eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease with a fatality rate of 70 to 100 per cent among newborns. However COVID-19 has led to many of the world’s most marginalised children without access to immunization services. Approximately 23 million children globally missed out on essential vaccines in 2020 – an increase of nearly 4 million from 2019. India has one of the largest Universal Immunization Programs in the world in terms of the quantities of vaccines used, number of beneficiaries covered, geographical spread and human resources involved. To achieve full immunization coverage for all children, the Government of India launched Mission Indradhanush in December 2014.

1. Preeti Sudan, Former Health Secretary, GoI
2. Dr. Nimesh Gupta, Head, Vaccine Immunology Laboratory, NII

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya

Producer: Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

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