In a significant development, Union Health Minister JP Nadda has launched the #Rotavirus vaccine under India’s Universal Immunization Program (UIP) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak were present at the occasion.
In the first phase, Rotavirus vaccination will cover Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. It will be expanded to other states soon. Union Health Minister JP Nadda administered the 1st drops of #Rotavirus Vaccine to a 6 week old infant.
“The launch of #Rotavirus Vaccine is a historic moment for me. This is also a historic moment in the country’s public health program. Public representatives should be made part of public health programs for enhancing their effectiveness,” said JP Nadda at the launch ceremony.
Facts on Rotavirus:
* Rotavirus is one of the leading causes of severe diarrhoea in children less than 5 years of age, leading to hospitalization and even death.
* Approximately, 50% of associated deaths occur within first year of life.
* Rotavirus is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person.
* Rotavirus vaccine is the most effective preventive intervention against Rotavirus diarrhoea.
“Rotavirus vaccine a cost-effective measure to bring down child mortality in the country,” said Union Health Secretary Bhanu Pratap Sharma while throwing insight on the burden of Rotavirus in India and the need of a vaccine. He also spoke on the success of ‘Mission Indhradhanus’.
“The launch of #Rotavirus vaccine is tribute to our health workers. Mission Indradhanush has shown that if we really want to make a difference, we can,” said CK Mishra, Additonal Secretary & Mission Director, National Health Mission.
“We aim to hold about 26,000 sessions in Odisha per month to prevent Rotavirus,” quotes Arti Ahuja Principle Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Ministry, Odisha.