SRINAGAR: The Liquid Pentavalent Vaccine (LPV), the multipurpose vaccine for immunization of children against five diseases was launched to replace the Diphtheria Purities Tetanus (DPT) in a workshop at JLNM hospital by Director Health Services, Kashmir here today.
The workshop was jointly organized by Directorate of health Services Kashmir and Directorate of Family Welfare and Immunization J&K.
With the introduction of LPV, Jammu and Kashmir has achieved the distinction of being third state in India to have the multi-immunization vaccine for children.
Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman while speaking on the occasion said that the LPV will provide protection against DPT, Hepatitis B and Haemophilus Influenzae while the earlier vaccine was a defense against only three diseases of DPT.
He said the LPV would be administered to infants below one year in age. The new vaccine with three doses, first at 6 weeks, second at 10 weeks and last at 14 weeks, would be given to infants.
Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman said that with the introduction of vaccine morbidity and mortality rates will be reduced.
Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman on the occasion said the new immunization schedule would provide complete protection to children from fatal diseases like Pneumonia and Meningitis.
Jammu and Kashmir will be the third state after Chennai and Kerala to run such an immunization program.
He also said that the campaign has been fully geared up to implement the new vaccine besides training to the staff has already been completed and are fully prepared to execute the immunization programme inValley.
Director, while appreciating the efforts of medical fraternity stressed upon them to work with tandem and provide better services to the community at their door steps.
It was informed that earlier we had to give two additional vaccines to children along with DPT but now with the introduction of the new vaccine children will get protection for five diseases in one go.
Immunization Officer, J&K, Dr. Dolma also spoke on the occasion and said that the backdrop of studies revealed recently that lot of children below one year in age suffers from fatal diseases including Pneumonia and Meningitis caused by Haemophilus Influenzae, the Government of India decided to revise the child immunization programme in Jammu and Kashmir by replacing DPT with LPV.
On the occasion, a PowerPoint presentation on the immunization programme was presented by Deputy Medical Superintendent, G.B. Panth Hospital, Dr. Mohammad Saleem Khan to sanitize media about the LPV.
Among others workshop was attended by Medical Superintendent, JLNM, Dr. Iqbal, Deputy Director Health Services and Chief Medical Officer, Srinagar.
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