Special Immunization Drive 2.0 held at Tezpur Kanaklata Civil Hospital
As per the directive of Health and Family Welfare Department of Assam Government along with rest of the State, District Health Services, Sonitpur launched all rounds of SID (Special Immunization Drive 2.0) on Friday at Tezpur Kanaklata Civil Hospital.
TEZPUR: As per the directive of Health and Family Welfare Department of Assam Government along with rest of the State, District Health Services, Sonitpur launched all rounds of SID (Special Immunization Drive 2.0) on Friday at Tezpur Kanaklata Civil Hospital. It was launched across the district among 0-5 years old drop-out and left-out babies as well as pregnant women. The programme was launched centrally by Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma at Lakhimpur.
SID has been launched as an intensified effort to vaccinate all unvaccinated children. The programme was inaugurated by joint director of Health Services, Sonitpur Dr J Ahmed in presence of Dr Biman Sarma, Additional Chief Medical & Health Officer, Dr Dipti Barua, Superintendent of KCH, Tezpur, District Immunization officer Dr T Handique among others.
During the programme, District Immunization officer Dr T Handique said that the drive focuses on interventions to improve full immunization coverage in Assam by March 23, which is still 66.4% (state average) according to National Family Health Survey, 2019-20. She also said,
"In Assam, despite all efforts, in 2021-22 data, it has been observed that only 82% FIC has been achieved. So, one of the primary focus of this drive would be to strengthen Routine Immunization programme. She further added that the SID will specifically give importance in some areas of compromise like area with vacant S/C, not covered by any s/c, high risk areas identified for polio, other communicable diseases, left out pockets, tea gardens, char, hilly areas etc. Dr Handique also informed that there will be three rounds, each of 7 working days, starting from December 16. Next 2 rounds will start from January 17. She further said, "We have identified 99 such areas under our 6 blocks, which will cover 153 villages through house to house survey by our grassroot workers and periodically verified by field workers and our officials and micro planning has been done under each block and later compiled in the district."