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02 June 2021

Press Release No. 180/21

LAUNCHING OF PNEUMOCOCCAL CONJUGATE VACCINE (PCV)

National Health Mission, Meghalaya in collaboration with the Office of the District Medical and Health Officer, East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya today launched the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) at a programme held at Pomlum PHC, East Khasi Hills. Shri S K Sunn, Mawphlang MLA graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

In his inaugural address, Shri S K Sunn stated that the programme is meant for the mothers and their infants who are the direct beneficiaries. He urged upon the mothers to not be hesitant but to come forward and avail this benefit. He further stated that with the launching of this PCV, the infant mortality rate relating to pneumonia will be reduced significantly.

In his speech, Shri Ram Kumar, Mission Director NHM Meghalaya, said that this programme is an important one as it is directly related to the maternal and infant deaths in the state. He also said that based on these factors, a rescue programme was initiated whereby in the last 3 months, 7 out of 11 districts in the state reported zero maternal deaths which is an indication that the state is moving in the right direction.

It may be mentioned that Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among children below 5 years of age. The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) is available through NHM and will be provided free of cost. The vaccine is available in 3 doses, 1st dose to be administered when the child attains 6 weeks, 2nd dose on the 14th week and 3rd dose when the child attains 9 months. The vaccine is also available in private hospitals at the rate of Rs.3000 per dose.

Others who spoke during the programme were Dr. R Tariang, DHS (MCH&FW), Dr. D P Syiem, Senior Medical and Health Officer Incharge Pomlum PHC, Dr. S Khonglah, District MCH Officer and Dr. P Manners, State Immunization Officer.

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