Workshop for rotavirus vaccine underway in Kma

Workshop for rotavirus vaccine underway in Kma
Participants at the state level training of trainers for rotavirus vaccine at Hotel Vivor, Kohima on May 14. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/14/2019 11:25:40 AM IST

Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland, organised a two-day state level workshop on rotavirus vaccine introduction for training of trainers (ToTs), supported by UNICEF is underway Tuesday at hotel Vivor Kohima.

State immunization officer (SEPIO) Dr. Ritu Thurr in his address said the main objective of the workshop was to create a pool of master trainers at the district and block level to disseminate basic information about rotavirus to the grass root level. He said that according to WHO, rotavirus was responsible for more than 2,15,000 deaths each year in children younger than 5 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.

He informed that in Assam and Tripura the rotavirus has been introduced. Dr. Thurr said this simple vaccine available in 5 drops would be given 3 times, sponsored by UNICEF and expressed hope that Nagaland will be covered 100%.              

Assistant director Social Welfare, Wango Langsym in his address stressed the need for coordination between Social Welfare department and Health and Family Welfare in administering rotavirus at the grass root level.               

SMO WHO, Pranay Dutta in his address said the rotavirus vaccine was developed by Indian scientists to reduce the mortality under five and was a very safe vaccine. He lauded the department for achieving 98% of MRV campaign in the state recently.            

John Snow Inc. (JSI) India who is a national monitor for training Prabir Kumar Roy also addressed the gathering.  Marykali Yepthomi chaired the inaugural programme and also delivered welcome address.

Programme was attended by doctors from various districts of the state, representatives of WHO, UNDP, NPSP, UIP, UNICEF, and others.


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