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One of the five states where immunisation coverage dipped in 2012-2013 was Gujarat.
Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi Updated: June 30, 2015 7:47 am Amid an intensive effort to improve immunisation coverage in districts with the most unvaccinated children, the latest vaccination survey results have become a bone of contention between the government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Women and Child Development Ministry, to whom the UN agency submitted the data of the Rapid Survey of Children (RSOC) conducted during 2012-13, has refused to accept it questioning the very basis of the survey.

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2015, 12:10:42 PM »
How they fared Sources claim that part of the government’s unease comes from the fact that one of the states shown to have suffered a dip in the immunisation coverage of children, aged between 12-23 months, is the then Narendra Modi-ruled Gujarat. Not convinced about the results, the ministry now wants more details about the survey’s methodology. “The figures for Gujarat are not the reason why the data was not released. We never accepted the survey results. We have asked them to get back with details on who commissioned the survey, when was it done, whether we were a part of it and what methodology was used in compiling the data,” said a senior official in the ministry. UNICEF maintains that the data is currently being “reviewed” by the ministry. “The RSOC is a survey carried out by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, with the technical support from UNICEF India. Currently, the Ministry is reviewing the full comprehensive data set. Work is in progress,” UNICEF said in reply to an email from The Indian Express. The latest round of RSOC shows that while the total immunisation coverage in the country rose from 61 per cent to 65.2 per cent, the immunisation coverage in Gujarat — at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was still the chief minister of that state — actually fell from 56.6 per cent in 2009 to 56.2 per cent – a marginal 0.4 per cent – at the time of the survey. In Gujarat, as per the survey, 6.2 per cent children had not received any vaccination at all against the national average of 6.7 per cent. Other states which showed a dip were Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Assam and Mizoram. A child is said to have received full immunisation coverage if it has been given all doses of the seven vaccines administered under the universal immunisation programme. According to the RSOC data available with The Indian Express, vaccination coverage in Meghalaya dipped from 60.8 per cent to 44.6 per cent and that in Mizoram from 73.7 per cent to 68.6 per cent. Assam, too, recorded a marginal fall from 59.1 per cent to 55.3 per cent. Coverage in Maharashtra dipped from 78.6 per cent …continued

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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2015, 12:12:09 PM »
                                                                                                                                                                                                  to 77.4 per cent. Arunachal Pradesh, on the other hand, more than doubled its coverage from 24.8 per cent to 50.5 per cent. In Bihar, the coverage rose from 49 per cent to 55.3 per cent, with 11.6 per cent children unvaccinated. Uttar Pradesh registered an upward coverage change from 40.9 per cent to 47 per cent. The percentage of children in UP who had received no vaccination at all was 14.6 per cent. The irony of the whole situation is that as the Ministry of Health goes ahead with its ambitious vaccination improvement initiative — Mission Indradhanush — in 201 districts across the country, the official data available to measure the mission’s effectiveness is the Coverage Evaluation Survey done by UNICEF way back in 2009. The mission-mode initiative started in April and will continue till July, incorporating learnings from the very successful pulse polio campaign -
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