Aizawl: Mizoram is all set to launch vaccination of rotavirus to be the third state in Northeast after Assam and Tripura.

An official release on Monday said that vaccination will be launched from June or July after completion of state and district level training to protect children from rotavirus disease.

Chaired by state Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) officer Dr Lalzawmi, a workshop on rotavirus vac­cines was held in Aizawl on Monday as a curtain-raiser to the state- and district-level training sessions.

The event was attended by many officials and medical experts, including NHM director Dr Eric Zomawia and Dr Tudhar Rane, chief of field office, UNICEF, Northeast.

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Delivering a keynote address, Zomawia highlighted the initiatives taken by state health department and future plans.

While Rane talked about the importance of rotavirus vaccine introduction and its introduction in various states, Lalzawmi presented an overview of universal immunization programme.

Rotavirus vaccines can be given in three doses (five drops each) to infants of 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks old and it will be administered by only trained medical practitioners.

Rotavirus vaccines can protect 40 to 60% of infants from suffering severe diarrhea due to the virus. It has been estimated that the virus claims more than 2 lakh children every year.

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