Rotavirus included in health immunisation programme in India

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The Health Ministry of India recently launched the Rotavirus vaccine as part of its universal immunisation programme to prevent death among infants due to diarrhoea.

This step of India has been lauded by World Health organisation, which said this is an important step for the health and well-being of country’s children.

Rotavirus is a leading cause of diarrhoeal death among children below the age of 5 years. In 2014 around 78,000 infants died with complications of severe diarrhoea.

Earlier such vaccine was being given through private arrangements. Now this will be included in mandatory list of free vaccination facility provided through government hospitals. This government initiative will bring a new landmark step for children’s health and infant mortality rate. Obviously this is going to bring down the price of the vaccine when purchased privately.

 

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