Diphu, Jun 14: The Joint Director of Health Services, Karbi Anglong district on Saturday launched the rotavirus vaccine in Diphu Civil Hospital (DCH) as part of its universal immunization programme to prevent diarrheal deaths of children every year.
The programme was official launched by KAAC secretary Nirola Phangchopi in presence of Joint Director of Health Services Dr. Kareng Rongpipi, Dr. Borsing Rongpi, Dr. Durgeswar Ingti and other official staffs.
On the occasion, Dr. Rongpipi said that it is “historic” moment and “exemplary” step in the district saying that after much investigation the government has found essential medicine for children to stop from severe diarrhea attack.
“Rotavirus, a leading cause of severe diarrhea and death among children less than five years of age, is responsible for around 10% of total child mortality every year. In 2014, nearly 80,000 children died due to rotavirus, whereas about 9 lakh were hospitalized due to episodes of severe diarrhea. Like polio, this vaccine will be given to children of 4 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks respectively with three drops each. This vaccine will not be given at Schools instead the ANM and Doctor will initiate the work at the health centre where the parent has to bring the child by themselves,” said Dr. Rongpipi.
She further said that Rotavirus vaccine to our immunization programme will not only improve the health of our children but also reduce hospitalization and other conditions associated with diarrhea.