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First vaccine to fight Rota virus launched in India

By Ritika Bisht
In Governance Watch
April 1, 2016

Rota virusWith the aim to cure severe diarrhea among children, the Health Ministry has launched Rota Virus Vaccine which will be available free of cost at public healthcare facilities, initially in four states.

Health Minister J.P. Nadda said, “This is not a routine programme. This Rota virus launch sets the goal in the field of Indian health system. By launching this, we aim to immunize 27 million children across the country to prevent diseases caused by Rota virus.”

The vaccine was launched in Odisha as the state records high diarrhoea cases among children and deaths due to improper treatment. In the first phase, Rota virus vaccine will be introduced in four States — Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh. It will be provided at government health facilities to children from six weeks of age.

Nadda added that the government was aggressively working for the eradication of a slew of other diseases, including leprosy and TB. “It is our duty to see that every child born in the country born is immunized against dreaded diseases,” he said. The National Technical Advisory Group on vaccines had recommended the phased introduction of Rota virus vaccine in the country’s Universal Immunisation Programme.