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Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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Nagaland launches Rotavirus Vaccine for diarrhoea prevention

Nagaland launches Rotavirus Vaccine for diarrhoea prevention
August 03
13:09 2019

NET Bureau

Joining the rest of the country, Nagaland on Friday launched a new vaccine called Rotavirus Vaccine into routine immunization across the state for diarrhoea prevention.

Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) Managing Director, Dr. Thorhusie Katiry administered the first dose of RVV to children here at NAHK. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Katiry said that many children die and many more fall sick due to diarrhoea diseases.

In India, available data indicates that Rotavirus is responsible for nearly 40% of moderate to severe diarrhoea in children below than 5 years.

For children under 5, Rotavirus diarrhoea is responsible for 32,70,000 out-patient visits, 8,72,000 hospitalizations and 78,000 deaths annually, he said. “Our government has taken many steps to reduce the diarrhoea disease burden and the introduction of Rotavirus vaccine is another step in that direction,” he added.

Rotavirus vaccine is effective in reducing hospitalizations and deaths due to diarrhoea, he said adding that this will in turn bring down the under-five mortality rate of the state. Dr. Katiry stated that from August 2 onwards, the vaccine will be introduced in Routine Immunization Programme. It will be given as 5 drops orally at 6, 10 and 14 weeks along with Penta-l, 2 & 3 vaccines.

The Rotavirus vaccine, like other routine immunization vaccines, will be provided free of cost.

The introduction of Rotavirus vaccine under the national immunization program will ensure that it is available in government-run immunization programs, enabling access to all sections.

“We are making the best possible efforts to bring down the burden of Rotavirus Diarrhoea and I seek the support of parents and community to avail this opportunity and make our children free of diseases which can be prevented through vaccination,” he said.

Directorate of Health & Family Welfare (DHFW) SIO, Dr. Ritu Thur said that the vaccine is safe and urged the parents and communities to avail this opportunity and make the children free of diseases which can be prevented through vaccination.

Source: The Morung Express

 

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