Dimapur, August 2: Launching the Rota Virus Vaccine on Friday in the State capital, MD, NHAK, Dr Thorhusie Katiry administered the 1st dose of RV vaccine to children at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima.
Kartiry highlighted that in India, available data indicates that Rotavirus is responsible for nearly 40% of moderate to severe diarrhoea in children less than 5 years, in under five children, Rotavirus diarrhoea is responsible for 32,70,000 out-patient visits, 8,72,000 hospitalizations and 78,000 deaths annually.
He said the Government has taken many steps to reduce the diarrhoea disease burden, and the introduction of Rotavirus vaccine is a step in that direction.
He also mentioned that vaccination with Rotavirus vaccine is the only specific protection against Rotavirus diarrhoea.
SIO, DHFW, Dr Ritu Thurr, in his introductory note, briefed that this vaccine will be introduced in routine immunization programme and will be given 5 drops orally at 6, 10 and 14 weeks along with Penta-1, 2 & 3 vaccine.
He mentioned that Rotavirus vaccine, like other routine immunization vaccines, will be provided free of cost. The introduction of rotavirus vaccine under national immunization programme will ensure that this vaccine is available in government run immunization program of the country which was earlier available in private market to only those who could afford it.
He also urged the parents and communities to avail this opportunity and make the children free of diseases which can be prevented through vaccination.
Dimapur: Dimapur District launched Oral Rotavirus Vaccine as part of routine immunization schedule under Universal Immunization Programme in the District. The first five-drops of Oral Rotavirus Vaccine were administered by Dr Antoly Suu, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dimapur.
During the brief launching programme, Dr Antoly Suu stated that rotavirus diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of death among children below five years. Rotavirus vaccine (RVV) will protect a child from diarrhoea caused by rotavirus. She informed that Rotavirus vaccine will now be included in the routine immunization schedule of the District and beneficiaries can avail this vaccine free of cost from all Government health units.
Tuensang: In Tuensang, the Rotavirus vaccine was launched by Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr I Temsu Longchar by administering the first five drops of Rotavirus vaccine in presence of DIO (UIP & RCH) Dr Thungchanpeni and other health workers. The launching programme was held at Urban Health Centre (UHC). The programme was attended by UHC staffs, DPMU staffs, UIP staffs, parents and others.
Peren: Along with the rest of the District, Rota Virus Vaccine (RVV) was officially launched at District Vaccine Store (DVS) Peren on August 2 with Tinu Jongshi, ADC Jalukie administering the first drop. One & half month old baby boy Kangzangyipiong, son of Hiapoi from Jalukie town was the first child to receive the RVV drops in Peren District.
Dr Nukshisangla Jamir, DPO UIP/RCH along with Dr Kevi Meyase, DPO NVBDCP and Dr Yetovi Tuccu, SMO CHC Jalukie, staff of CHC and DVS Peren were also present during the launching program.
Dr Nukshisangla Jamir highlighted about the rotavirus vaccine stating it is a vaccine used to protect against rotavirus infections which is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea among under 5years and more so among 0 to 2years.
Mon: Rota Virus Vaccine (RVV) launch programme was held today in the conference hall of CMO Office, Mon.
During the launch programme, DC Mon, Thavaseelan K (IAS) requested the health workers and the entire stake holder departments to put a combined effort to reach out to the targeted beneficiaries. He asked the department to ensure that no child is left out during the RVV vaccination campaign.
Dr Shasinle Tep DPO (UIP & RCH) Mon, while introducing the RVV Vaccine, stated that the vaccine is used to protect against rotavirus infections which is a leading cause of severe diarrhoea among young children. The vaccine can be given to age children from 6 weeks to 1 year of age.
In Mon district, there are 593 targeted persons (may increase) which will be a routine immunization programme, she added.
Dr Kechongol Sophie, CMO Mon in his welcome address said that if we properly implement the rotavirus vaccine effectively diarrhoea cases will drastically decrease and the health status of the children will be improved in the district.
(Page News Service)