Prime Minister Deuba inaugurates typhoid vaccination campaign – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

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KATHMANDU, APRIL 7

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba launched the typhoid vaccination campaign during a ceremony held at Durbar High School, Ranipokhari here today.

The vaccination campaign is to be rolled out across the country from tomorrow until May 1. The typhoid vaccination program will also be included in the regular national vaccination programme.

Under the program, children aged one year three months to 15 years would receive typhoid vaccines.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Deuba expressed his confidence that like in controlling the COVID-19 infection, the country will also succeed in the typhoid control program. He said about 7.5 million children aged one year three months to 15 years would receive typhoid vaccines as part of the campaign.

Prime Minister Deuba urged local bodies to work towards the generation of gas and electricity from waste by setting up waste treatment plants for the long-term solution of the problem related to waste management in the urban areas, including the capital.

“Energy has been generated by setting up waste treatment plants in several towns including Dharan. Vehicles have been run using this gas generated from these plants. locals are adopting such technology which may be possible through their own investments,” he suggested.

The Prime Minister called for paying attention to waste management as the problem of unmanaged waste will spoil the environment and beauty of the city and increase the risk of several types of infections.

Health and Population Minister Birodh Khatiwada said Nepal has achieved exemplary success worldwide in preventing and controlling COVID-19 infection and is the first country to launch the typhoid vaccination campaign throughout South Asia.

Stating that so far 16 different types of vaccines have been produced in the world and only a few countries have been able to procure many of these vaccines, the Minister of Health said that Nepal has used 13 types of these vaccines .

Bagmati Province Health Minister Neema Lama expressed his commitment to making the typhoid vaccination campaign a success. He said Bagmati province had achieved the first success of the COVID-19 vaccination program.

Dr. Ramparth Bichha, health adviser to Prime Minister Deuba, said he was confident that the typhoid vaccine put into use after 10 years of research would be highly effective.

Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr. Rajesh Kharel, said the typhoid vaccine was free, safe and effective. According to him, it would be provided for children from 15 months to 15 years old and appealed to all parties concerned for their cooperation in this regard.

Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Bidhya Sundar Shakya, informed that about 600 vaccination centers have been designated in Kathmandu district including schools to ensure that no child is deprived of the vaccine.

Efforts were also coordinated with local level and female community health volunteers to make the vaccination campaign a success, he said.

On a different note, the mayor urged the government for necessary coordination as it has been sharing garbage in Kathmandu which has not been picked up for a few days.

Representatives of the World Health Organization, UNICEF and others were present at the event.

The national vaccination campaign is considered the government’s top priority and has been a successful public health programme. The effective implementation of the regular vaccination campaign is expected to drastically reduce the cases of childhood illnesses, disability, infant and child mortality, among others.

Nepal is still at high risk of typhoid which is highly contagious. It is one of the top five reasons for hospitalization in Nepal. The typhoid vaccine will be provided to children aged 15 months to 15 years during this campaign and later will be provided regularly to children aged 15 months, it was shared.

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