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Vaccination against rotavirus launched

January 24, 2018

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PESHAWAR: Health experts have urged the parents to administer rotavirus vaccine to their children below five years of age to protect them from the deadly diarrhoea disease.

They were addressing the rotavirus vaccine launching ceremony held at a local hotel on Tuesday.

On the occasion, secretary health Abid Majeed administered rotavirus vaccine to children.

The rotavirus vaccine is the 10th vaccine introduced under the routine immunisation programme, administered in two oral doses to children of six weeks as well as 10 weeks of age.

It helps to reduce diarrhoea related mortality in children below age of five years.

Secretary health Abid Majeed said rotavirus vaccine would help in reducing diarrhoea related mortality in the province by a significant margin.

He thanked the international development partners for providing the vaccine to reduce and safeguard children against diarrhea related diseases.

On the occasion, chief of field officer Charles Nzuki lauded the KP government for achieving the significant role to save thousands of children’s lives by including the rotavirus vaccine in the routine immunisation.

Published in Dawn, January 24th, 2018