Workshop on Introduction of Rotavirus vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme
Chandigarh, 2nd May, 2019: A two days Regional Training of Trainers workshop started in Chandigarh today on Introduction of Rotavirus vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme. In the regional workshop, senior Government Health Officials from States of Chandigarh, Punjab, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Lakshadweep and Uttarakhand and representatives from Immunization partner agencies like World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNDP, Global Health Strategies, JSI and others are also participating in the workshop.
Dr. G. Dewan, Director Health & Family Welfare cum Mission Director – National Health Mission, Chandigarh while addressing the workshop said that water is the main cause of diarrhea and there should be inter departmental coordination for supply of safe, clean and Potable Water. He mentioned that the role of Public Health Department is also very crucial, therefore liasoning and sharing of information is very essential. This issue is going to be actively dealt with during the celebration of Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF). Dr. Jaspal Kaur, Director Health Services, Punjab, Dr. Avneet Kaur, Director Family Welfare, Punjab, Dr. Nutan Mundeja, Director, Directorate of Family Welfare, GNCT of Delhi also chaired the workshop and motivated the participants with their words. Rotavirus vaccine is being expanded throughout the country in a phased manner. Rotavirus is a highly contagious virus and makes thousands of babies ad young children sick every year. Vaccination is the only specific intervention strategy for protection from Rotavirus infection. The Rotavirus vaccine protects 9 out of 10 children from getting severe illness caused by rotavirus. The clinical features of Rotavirus diarrhea may vary from transient loose stools to severe diarrhea with vomiting. If not treated adequately, it may cause in dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, shock and death.
The Rotavirus vaccine should be a part of a comprehensive strategy to control diarrhoeal diseases along with hand washing, improved water and sanitation, treatment packages including ORS and Zinc, early and exclusive breastfeeding. The vaccine has been included in National Immunization Programme of 96 countries.