Diarrhoeal diseases major causes of child mortality: NHM

ITANAGAR, May 13: Diarrhoeal diseases are some of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in children under five years of age, informed National Health Mission (NHM) nodal officer and SIO Dr D Padung on the first day of a two-day state level workshop on ‘operationalization of rotavirus’ at Rama Krishna Mission Hospital here on Monday.
Being attended by the DRCHO, the district ASHA nodal officer, the medical officer and district cold-chain handlers, the workshop aims to provide information and training needed for “meticulous operational planning of rotavirus introduction at all levels, with detailed activities and a timeline for the medical and other officials concerned,” according to release from the NHM IEC.
Speaking about the rotavirus vaccine, Dr Padung informed that the virus’ infection is one of the common causes of diarrhoeal diseases among infants and young children.
“The rotavirus vaccine has been introduced in 11 states of the country and will now be introduced in our state. Cascading training will be imparted throughout the district, including training to ground-level health workers (ANMs and ASHAs),” he said.
Health Services Director Dr M lego urged the trainees to be “equipped with in-depth knowledge on the rotavirus” and plan their top-down and bottom-up micro-plans meticulously to ensure that the rotavirus vaccine is delivered effectively to all the children when it is introduced in Arunachal.
DFW Dr Allok Yirang also advocated effective implementation of the rotavirus vaccine in the state.
MO (Immunization) Dr Tage Taka, Dr Tope Yomcha, Rakesh Konsam from the UNICEF, JSI Subhajit Chakroborty, and Dr Muktesh Rajyaguru from the UNICEF are the resources persons.