The Indian government has announced its plans to provide four free vaccines against life threatening diseases in an attempt to decrease child mortality.
The new vaccines will help fight rotavirus, rubella, polio, and Japanese Encephalitis.
“The introduction of four new life-saving vaccines will play a key role in reducing childhood and infant mortality and morbidity in the country,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a statement.
“Many of these vaccines are already available through private practitioners to those who can afford them. The government will now ensure that the benefits of vaccination reach all sections of society, regardless of social and economic status.”
Battle with deadly diseases
The recommendations to introduce new vaccines have been made after numerous studies and comprehensive deliberations.
Diarrhea caused by rotavirus kills around 80,000 children every year and causes millions of hospitalizations, which adds an economic burden to the country.
Encephalitis, on the other hand, kills hundreds of children annually.
To ensure India keeps its polio-free status, it will provide injectable polio vaccine.