Rotavirus Vaccine Can Help Reduce Infant Mortality Rate

The government launched the vaccine for Rotavirus vaccine  as part of Universal Immunization Programme to prevent child mortaility due to Rotavirus diarrhoea. The vaccine, developed indigenously under a public-private partnership by the science and health ministries, is also a landmark achievement under the Prime Minister’s “Make in India” initiative. 

Launching the vaccine at a function in Bhubaneswar, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said, the vaccine is initially being introduced in 4 States which are Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha. The introduction of Rotavirus vaccine will enable the government to directly address the problem of diarrheal deaths.


Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe vomiting and diarrhoea among infants and young children. It is a genus of double-stranded RNA virus in the family Reoviridae. Nearly every child in the world has been infected with rotavirus at least once by the age of five. Immunity develops with each infection, so subsequent infections are less severe; adults are rarely affected. 

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  • Rotavirus is one of the leading causes of severe diarrhoea and annually causes close to one lakh deaths among children in this age group.
  • Rotavirus vaccine in the country’s immunization program would also reduce hospitalization, malnutrition and delayed physical and mental development among children.
  • Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) 
  • Union Health Minister J P Nadda.

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  • Who is the Union Health Minister of India?
  • _________ developed indigenously under a public-private partnership by the science and health ministries?

Source – The Hindu

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