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One lakh children die of rotavirus infection every year

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AGARTALA, Feb 18 - Eight to ten lakh children are admitted in hospitals across the country due to rotavirus infection every year and one lakh of them die of the disease, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said today.

The disease can be checked only by administering vaccines, he said launching the second phase of the rotavirus vaccine programme here for the States of Tripura, Assam, Tamilnadu, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. He launched the programme by administering rotavirus vaccine along with Tripura Health Minister Badal Chowdhury to children.

Nadda said immunisation programme for children is a priority in the country and last year there was an increase of five per cent in immunisation programme.

Chowdhury said the infant nortality rate in Tripura had come down to 20 last year from 34 in 2009 against a national average of 37. � PTI

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One lakh children die of rotavirus infection every year

AGARTALA, Feb 18 - Eight to ten lakh children are admitted in hospitals across the country due to rotavirus infection every year and one lakh of them die of the disease, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said today.

The disease can be checked only by administering vaccines, he said launching the second phase of the rotavirus vaccine programme here for the States of Tripura, Assam, Tamilnadu, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. He launched the programme by administering rotavirus vaccine along with Tripura Health Minister Badal Chowdhury to children.

Nadda said immunisation programme for children is a priority in the country and last year there was an increase of five per cent in immunisation programme.

Chowdhury said the infant nortality rate in Tripura had come down to 20 last year from 34 in 2009 against a national average of 37. � PTI