Which states have the lowest vaccine coverage in India?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its latest data on the number of vaccine recipients in India.
In 2016, India had the lowest vaccination coverage for the general population, with 1.5 million children and adolescents being vaccinated, while China had 2.1 million, followed by India’s neighbours Nepal and Bangladesh.
The report says that while the majority of India’s children were vaccinated, the numbers of children under six years of age who were vaccinated were less than 1% of total population, while they were 4.1% in Nepal and 4.6% in Bangladesh.
However, the WHO says that the vaccination coverage of children between six and 15 years of old has grown, with 4.2% of the population vaccinated in the past year.
The vaccination coverage in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar was even lower, at 3.9% and 2.7%, respectively.
The health ministry said that despite the large number of vaccination cases, only around 8,000 cases of tetanus and 4,000 deaths were recorded in India last year, compared to over 40,000 in China and over 35,000 each in Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The vaccine coverage has also improved in India, the report said, as the number and number of cases have dropped.
The government has been facing criticism for the failure of the government to provide adequate coverage to the general public.
This has led to a number of people to join the campaign for free vaccination in the country.
In October, the Centre had announced a nationwide vaccination drive, with over 50 million people having been vaccinated.
The initiative has been dubbed “The First Free Vaccination in India” to encourage people to come forward to get their shots, which will be given free to anyone with an Aadhaar number.
The Indian government has also been providing free vaccinations for some months to those who had not registered for Aadhaar enrolment in India and were unable to get the required number from their health insurance provider.