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Govt. Refuses to Accept UNICEF Report
Jul 06, 2015

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.

  • 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.

  • The RSOC is a survey carried out by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, with the technical support from UNICEF India.
  • The latest round of RSOC shows that the total immunisation coverage in the country rose from 61 per cent to 65.2 per cent

  • 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. 

  • 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 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.

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.

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