Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Rwanda : New vaccine to fight diarrhea related disease

The ministry of health plans to launch a new vaccine to fight against diarrhea related disease among the children under 2 years of age. The vaccine known as Rotavirus will be launched in late June this year, joining the recent succeeded vaccine on pneumonia, health minister reveals.
New vaccine to fight
In 2010 Rwanda introduced a new vaccine to reduce pneumonia in children which reduce the death cases of pneumonia from 15 per cent to 4 per cent in only 3 years.
“We are adding another 10th vaccine to our children vaccination program and it’s the best in the world, it will be preventing related diseases of diarrhea among children under 2 years of age. It’s not because we are poor that we cannot protect our children” Minister of health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, says.
The vaccine will be given to children under 2 years of age and the children will be immunized twice in a year by medical experts.
The government of Rwanda is doing well in the region on immunization processes and it will soon start campaigns to teach other countries in the region, the mechanism it uses, according to health officials.
Rwanda’s health sector is improving on high speed due to good methods and innovations applied in the sector. About 98 per cent of pregnant women tests for HIV/AIDS before giving birth and 86 per cent of women gives birth in the hospitals.
Diarrhea remains a major disease of child mortality in Africa and such introduction of new vaccines will reduce the cases in Rwanda and in the East African region, if well implemented.


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