Bhubaneswar: Union Health minister JP Nadda today launched the rotavirus antibody nationwide from Odisha today as a feature of the union government’s normal vaccination program for shielding youngsters from the Diarrhea.
Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Odisha Health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak were present during the launch of the vaccine, which will also be rolled out in three other states namely, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
“This happens to be a historical moment for me to witness this launching of rotavirus vaccine. This is not a routine program. It is a historical occasion and the program sets a goal in the field of public health. By launching this rotavirus we are taking a pledge to give this vaccine to 27 million children throughout the length and the breadth of the country. This is certainly going to help in reducing IMR and also see to it that the public health is taken care of. We all know that approximately yearly 80,000 children die because of rotavirus and approximately 10 lakh children are hospitalized yearly suffering from rotavirus disease. It is very fatal and the time span to take care is very less. It is a very cost effective intervention which has taken place and it is also going to bring a change in health scenario of the children and see to it that we are able to address the issue of IMR. I am very happy and thankful to the Odisha government. We wanted to launch here in Odisha to create awareness. This program is certainly going to bring a difference. Today rotavirus vaccine has been launched in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Haryana in coming times it will be launched nationwide,” said Nadda.