Jammu, Oct 14: Jammu and Kashmir Health Department ranked second in the country with 93 percentage Immunization Coverage.
Talking to UNI, Financial Commissioner (Health) Atal Dulloo here said that even during the COVID-19 Pandemic, routine immunization programme is one of the important initiatives for preventing children from Vaccine preventable Diseases of Childhood.
“Inspite of Pandemic, full immunization coverage of children in the UT of J&K is 2nd highest among other state, UT in the Country for the period of April to July 2020 in the recently released Immunization dashboard by Ministry of Health and Family welfare,” Dulloo said.
He added that in the country only 3 States/UT have shown minimum impact of COVID 19 pandemic on immunization services with more than 90 per cent full immunization Coverage, which includes J&K having a Full immunization Coverage of 93 percent with only Telengana and Uttarakhand ahead with 95 per cent Full Immunization coverage.
As in the current pandemic, World Health Organization has already warned countries that there are high chances of Vaccine Preventable disease outbreaks like Measles, Diphtheria and Pertussis etc due to decline in immunization coverage throughout the world.
“The Department of Health and Medical Education Government of J&K, has kept immunization programme on priority during this Pandemic, immunization services had been going on at all the health facilities since April 2020 and the department had issued SOPs for conducting Immunization sessions and ensured that elaborate arrangements at the session sites like social distancing, wearing face mask and handwashing facilities for the beneficiaries are in place and as a results of these proactive efforts we have been able to achieve 93 percent Fully immunized children,” the FC said.
As per the guidelines issued by Government of India, Health and Family Welfare Department couldn’t conduct sessions in the red zones (Containment Zones) declared by the administration but these children were later covered so that no child is left unimmunized and 100 percent Full Immunization coverage of children in the UT is ensured, Dulloo added.