Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that three new vaccines for children would be included in the universal immunisation programme along with Japanese Encephalitis vaccine for adults in districts with high incidence of the disease.
The new paediatric vaccines are injectible polio, Rubella and rotavirus that the government hopes will help in meeting millennium development goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015.
Modi said, “The introduction of four new lifesaving vaccines will play a key role in reducing infant mortality in the country. Many of these vaccines are already available through private practitioners to those who can afford them. The government will now ensure that the benefits of vaccination reach all sections of the society, regardless of social and economic status.”
India’s UIP will now provide free vaccines against 13 life threatening diseases to 27 million children annually, the largest birth cohort in the world. Japanese Encephalitis vaccine will be introduced in 179 districts.
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