Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine launced at Pomlum PHC
Shillong, Jun 2: National Health Mission, Meghalaya in collaboration with the Office of the District Medical & Health Officer, East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya on Wednesday launched the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) at a programme held at Pomlum PHC, East Khasi Hills.
S K Sunn, Mawphlang MLA graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
In his inaugural address, 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, 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.
Kumar also said that based on these factors, a rescue programme was initiated whereby in the last three months, seven 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 three doses; 1st dose to be administered when the child attains six weeks, 2nd dose on the 14th week and 3rd dose when the child attains nine months.
The vaccine is also available in private hospitals at the rate of Rs 3000 per dose.