STF for RVV meet held

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Dimapur, July 19: Department of Health & Family Welfare held a State Task Force for Rota Virus Vaccine (RVV) meeting on July 18 at the IDSP Conference Hall, Directorate of H&FW.
Mission Director, Dr. Neikhrielie in his opening remark said diarrheal diseases are a major cause of hospitalisation and child deaths globally. Together they causes one sixth of deaths below 5 years of age. And Rota Virus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea in children in developed and developing countries.
He said RVV has been licensed in more than 100 countries and there has been significant decline in deaths and hospitalisation due to diarrhea in countries providing RVV. He mentioned that RVV is an important part of integrated protection along with oral rehydration therapy, zinc treatment, exclusive breast feeding, proper nutrition, safe water and good hygiene.
He appraised on the criteria for state selection of Rotavirus introduction and added that RVV has been introduced in 11 states. He said expansion of RVV under Poshan Abhiyan has to be done in all the states in 2019-2020 as per the direction of the PMO, and GoI has included Nagaland State to include RVV in the universal immunization program, therefore the state has completed all the trainings at different levels.
He also mentioned that the PMO, in its direction, has requested all the line departments and partners to extend support for a successful implementation of RVV in the state.
SIO H&FW, Dr. Ritu Thurr gave an overview of immunization activities and RVV. While highlighting the scope and scale of universal immunization programme in India, he said it is one of the largest public health programmes with 90 lakh sessions planned per year and 27000 cold chain points for storage and distribution of vaccines.
He mentioned that the state is planning to launch the RVV program from the first week of August and the vaccine is being manufactured indigenous by the Country. He also highlighted on immunization coverage trends in India, inequality in immunization and the reasons children miss their due vaccine doses.
SPO UNDP, Kingsonkamkara, through a PowerPoint presentation said UNDP is working with the MoHFW, GoI in establishing an electronic vaccine intelligence network (eVIN) system to improve vaccine and cold chain logistics management across all cold chain points in 12 states ( including Nagaland), he added that eVIN will be expanded across the country in a phased manner.
He also mentioned that the task of reaching due children and pregnant women with the right vaccines stored at right temperature at the right time has been a challenge in Nagaland given the rough terrain and infrastructure. He presented the revised National Immunization Schedule stating the specific age where the different vaccines have to be given to a child. He also gave the beneficiary target of RVV in the 11 districts of the state.
Director IPR, Limawati Ao appraised on the daily bulletin of DIPR where news from all over the state are brought out. Limawati said the H&FW has been doing excellent work to ensure better health of the people and urged the Department to feed IPR with information to ensure better execution of their programmes. Principal Secretary H&FW, R. Ramakhrishnan, IAS chaired the program. Representatives from Social Welfare, School Education and others participated in the meeting. (Page News Service)