Narendra Modi introduces free vaccines to tackle life-threatening diseases

In a bid to make the the healthcare condition in Indian more robust, the Narendra Modi Government has decided to introduce four new vaccines as part of India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) a Government release said. It has called for the acceleration of vaccines against Rotavirus, Rubella, Japanese encephalitis and Polio (injectable), which will collectively hasten the country’s progress on meeting the Millennium Development Goal 4 targets to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by the year 2015 and meet global polio eradication targets. In addition, an adult vaccine against Japanese encephalitis will be introduced in districts with high levels of the disease.

Modi on Thursday announced the introduction of four new vaccines as part of India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). These vaccines will be able to prevent the deaths of at least 100,000 infants and of people in the working age group, in addition to around one million hospitalisations each year, according to a release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

According to newspaper reports, the indigenously developed Rotavirus vaccine was licensed in 2013 itself and aimed at preventing deaths from diarrhea in children under five. The Rubella (German measles) vaccine is aimed at children under six. The injectable polio vaccine is expected to help maintain India’s polio-free status — something it won in March 2014 by introducing the Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV) along with the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). An adult vaccine against Japanese Encephalitis (JE), a disease that can result in paralysis and death, will be introduced in 179 endemic districts in nine States.


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