Kohima, April 28: Rotavirus Diarrhea accounts for nearly 40% of hospitalizations due to diarrhea in children in the country. In India, it is responsible for 8,72,000 hospitalizations, 32,70,000 outpatient visits and 78,000 deaths annually in children below 5 years of age.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Immunization Division realizing this immense public health burden and taking into consideration the high cost of vaccines decided to include Rotavirus Vaccine, RVV under Universal Immunization Programme in 2016 and has been expanding its introduction in phase-wise manner throughout the country.
In the North East Region, a two-day regional training of trainers were held on April 25 and 26 in Guwahati, Assam to train state officials on operationalization of RVV in all the remaining North Eastern states except for Assam and Tripura where RVV was introduced in 2017.
A ten-member team from Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland led by State Immunization Officer, Dr. Ritu Thurr and partners from UNDP and UNICEF attended the training.
The Department officials informed that cascading trainings will be conducted throughout the State in preparation for the introduction of RVV soon.
(Page News Service)