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Govt. Expands Ndradhanush: Four New Vaccines Added

The health ministry will soon revamp its flagship immunization programme 'Mission Indradhanush' to include four new vaccines. 
•    Under Mission Indradhanush, the ministry identified 201 high-focus districts which account for nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children in the country. 
•    Of these, 82 districts are in just the four states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and account for nearly 25% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children of the country.
•    In one year's time, 1.62 crore children have been additionally brought under the ambit of immunization. 
•    The government is targeting to immunize 90% of infants by 2020 under its ambitious nationwide immunization drive. 
•    Though the government said that it is confident of meeting the target, health experts say it would also require increased public spending on health. 
•    The health ministry is also in talks with various international health agencies to attract funding to ramp up the programme.

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