Training on Rotavirus vaccine begins in Kohima

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Dimapur, May 14: A 2-day state level training of trainers for Rotavirus vaccine introduction is being held with the participation of medical officers from the districts. The introductory programme was held Tuesday at Hotel Vivor, Kohima.
Dr. Ritu Thur said the main objective of the workshop is to create a pool of master trainers at the district and block level so that information on Rotavirus can be disseminated at the grassroots level. He mentioned that according to the WHO (2013), Rotavirus is responsible for more than 2,15,000 deaths each year in children younger than five years of age and 3.4% of all under-five deaths worldwide.
He said the Indian Rotavirus Strain Surveillance Network (IRSSN) has reported that Rotavirus accounts for 40% of hospitalizations due to diarrhea in children. Rotavirus is responsible for nearly 32.7 lakh outpatient visits, 8.72 lakh hospitalizations, and 78,000 deaths annually in India. “In view of these, the Government of India has decided to introduce this vaccine in phase manner which was started in 2016. Rotavirus is a very simple vaccine and will be administered in drops,” he added.
Dr. Pranay Dutta, SMO WHO lauded the 98% success rate of Measles-Rubella Vaccination which was carried out recently in the State and expressed hope for the success of Rotavirus Vaccine introduction. He said the vaccine was developed by Indian scientists and manufactured by Indian Company, and it will be huge for Indian children, the objective is to reduce under five mortality and the vaccine is very safe, he added.
Official from Social Welfare Department also voiced the need to have more coordination between the SW Department and H&FW Department, especially in the grassroots level, in order to execute the programs more efficiently.
Prabir Roy, STO from John Snow India Pvt. Limited, who is a national monitor for training, also spoke. Marykali Yepthomi chaired the programme.
(Page News Service)