The Delhi authorities started its Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccination program on Thursday, wherein the vaccine can be administered freed from price in 600 centres throughout Delhi.
The pneumococcal vaccine offers safety towards pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, brought on by streptococcus pneumoniae micro organism. It must be administered in three doses to youngsters at one-and-half months, three-and-half months, and 9 months of age. In the previous few weeks, governments of different states comparable to Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Jharkhand have additionally launched their state-wide drives of this vaccine.
“Right this moment we’re flagging off this new type of vaccination programme. Until now, youngsters of Delhi have been administered vaccines for 12 illnesses. From right this moment, we’re administering vaccines for pneumonia that may shield youngsters from the illness. Earlier, youngsters below the age of 5 have been gravely affected by pneumonia and there have been even deaths recorded. This vaccine will shield youngsters from demise. Not solely pneumonia, however the vaccine may even shield youngsters from illnesses like meningitis and sepsis,” stated Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the launch of the programme in an Aam Aadmi polyclinic in Paschim Vihar.
“This can be a very costly vaccination, which might often price round Rs 1,500-6,000 at a non-public hospital. The Delhi authorities is beginning this program at 600centres totally free to guard youngsters from the chance of great sicknesses and demise,” stated Well being Minister Satyendra Jain.