Dimapur, May 26: The Kohima District Task Force meeting in connection with new vaccine introduction – Rota Virus Vaccine, Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) & National De-Worming program (NDD) was held in the DC’s office chamber Kohima under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Anoop Khinchi, IAS on May 24.
DPO (RCH-UIP) Dr Rupert Peseyie said Universal Immunization Program (UIP) is one of the largest public health programme. Of which 40% of all diarrhoeal cases are due to Rota virus infection. Due to this huge burden, WHO has recommended its introduction in all the countries (presently 96 countries). It has been introduced in 11 states in India with above 4 crores doses safely and effectively given to children. He mentioned that RVV will protect a child against severe life threatening diarrhoea reducing the hospitalization & motality of under 5 years of children significantly.
He also informed about the Rota Virus Vaccine which will be launched in the state of Nagaland by July 2019.
Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) program was highlighted by DCM, Rokoseno Thapo. She cited that IDCF will get started on 28th May till 8th June, and during this fortnight the goal is to reach zero child deaths due to diarrhoea & objective is the preparatory activity to address potentially high incidence of diarrhoea during monsoon season.
Anoop Khinchi, DC, Kohima in his closing remark, urged the line departments and partners to actively take part in the on-going programs & work for the successful implementation of Rota virus vaccine introduction.
(Page News Service)