Workshop on introduction of rotavirus vaccine held in Jammu

Jammu: A state level workshop on introduction of rotavirus vaccine was held on Wednesday at Jammu.
The workshop was chaired by Director Family Welfare MCH & Immunization, J&K Dr. Arun Sharma, the statement said.
The workshop was attended by chief medical officers, deputy chief medical officers, district immunization officers, district mass media and education officers, cold chain technician and other officials of the department.
Sharma said that rotavirus has killed approximately 453 000 children under five years of age globally every year and is a major threat to the health of children across the WHO South-East Asia Region. “Every year, approximately 127 000 children aged less than five years die of the disease in the SEA region, around 98 000 of whom are in India. Rotavirus is highly contagious. There are no specific drugs to treat the disease,” he added.
Director Health Services Jammu, Dr. Samir Mattoo said that J&K State last year completed the gigantic measles rubella vaccine successfully and I hope that Rotavirus vaccine will also be launched and taken to the conclusion successfully. He said routine immunization is successful in the State only because of the dedicated and educated health workers and service providers.
State Immunization Officer, J&K Dr. Qazi Haroon said that there is a need for social mobilization, advocacy and robust IEC for making any campaign or new vaccine launch successful. He informed that the State is receiving one lac doses of Rotavirus vaccine 50000 each for Jammu & Kashmir. He also said that the State has excellent and adequate cold chain facility for storage of vaccines and the State is ready for its launch.