Parents advised to get children vaccinated against rotavirus

ZIRO, May 28: Lower Subansiri District Family Welfare Officer Dr Derin Likar has advised all parents to get their children vaccinated against the rotavirus, which causes diarrhoea diseases among infants and young children.
He said this during a meeting of the district task force for immunization and members of the ‘adverse events following immunization’, here on Tuesday. The meeting was headed by EAC Tame Yajum.
Dr Likar made a PowerPoint presentation on “the genesis of the rotavirus vaccine” and the preparatory activities carried out so far in the district for the introduction of the vaccine on 15 June.
He informed that all the health facilities in the district have submitted their RI micro-plans after house-to-house survey and head counts of infants and pregnant women.
“As per the district plan, 381 pregnant women and 525 children between 0 and 1 year of age will be vaccinated against the rotavirus on 15 June,” he informed, adding that rotavirus oral vaccines will be introduced as part of the routine vaccination programme in three doses.
Earlier, the EAC urged all the stakeholders to “make concerted efforts in order to ensure that the immunization programmes cover all children in the district.”
She emphasized on elaborate sensitization of frontline workers like the ASHAs and anganwadi workers.
In East Siang HQ Pasighat, a district level workshop on the rotavirus vaccine was held on Tuesday.
Addressing the participants, East Siang DC Kinny Singh urged the health department officials to ensure the success of the vaccination drive in order to bring down child mortality rate in the district.
DMO Dr K Dai also shared his views, while DRCHO Dr T Gao imparted the training as resource person. (With DIPRO input)