MoHS launches nationwide Rotavirus vaccination programme

Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe observes Rotavirus vaccination at the opening ceremony of National Immunization Programme in Yangon yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe observes Rotavirus vaccination at the opening ceremony of National Immunization Programme in Yangon yesterday. Photo: MNA

Ministry of Health and Sports launched vaccination against Rotavirus and diphtheria and tetanus with its National Immunization Programme yesterday in Hlinethaya Township, Yangon Region.
The ceremony was formally opened by Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe, Permanent Secretary Prof Dr Thet Khaing Win, Director-General of MOHS Dr Thar Tun Kyaw, Director General of the Public Health and Treatment Department Dr Soe Oo, Pyithu Hluttaw MP Daw Phyu Phyu Thin and WHO Resident Representative Dr Stephan Paul Jost and Resident Representative of the UNICEF Ms June Kunugi.
Speaking at the ceremony, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe expressed delight for launching of the immunization programme, calling the day as an important milestone for his ministry and the people for adding Rotavirus vaccine to the programme as the 12th vaccine against the disease.
Rotavirus is a very contagious virus that causes diarrhea. It’s the most common cause of diarrhea in infants and children worldwide, A rotavirus infection usually starts within two days of exposure to the virus.
The Union minister also announced that the ministry will give anti-diphtheria/Tetanus vaccination to children aged 18 months and above.
“Besides, Human papilloma Virus Vaccine against the cervical cancer will be given to girls aged betwee nine and ten years old in July and August, 2020, and the vaccine will becomes the 13th vaccine,” said the Union Minister.
“Giving Rotavirus vaccination for two times to a child costs seven dollars in total,” he said, adding that the Union Government is carrying out national immunization programme at the cost of US$ 10 million yearly.
He also thanked GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance for funding the campaign. He urged the parents and authorities to cooperate in national vaccination programmes. The Rotavirus vaccination was held in Hlinethaya Township yesterday which is populated with the people from different parts of the country.
Afterwards, Dr Stephan Paul Jost and Ms Juhne Kunugi also made remarks about the vaccination programme.
After the ceremony, the Union minister visited the booths and presented the gifts to children who will receive the vaccinatiohn.
Severe diarrhoea is the third most common killer of children less than five years old in Myanmar. According to WHO, Rotaviruses causes acute gastroenteritis among infants and young children. It is associated with profuse watery diarrhoea, projectile vomiting and fever.—MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin )

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