CIDRZ declares rotavirus vaccine a success

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CIDRZ declares rotavirus vaccine a success


Lusaka, December 9th, ZANIS–The Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) has expressed happiness with the implementation of the national rotavirus vaccination programme.


CIDRZ Head of the Programme for Awareness and Elimination of Diarrhoea (PAED) Roma Chilengi said the rotavirus vaccine has been well integrated in the national child immunisation programme since it was launched last year.


Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Dr Chilengi said the rotavirus vaccine has proved to be an intensive prevention measure of diarrhoea related diseases in children below the age of five.


In November 2013, government scaled up the rotavirus vaccine from its initial pilot project in Lusaka province into the national immunisation programme.


And Dr Chilengi praised the people of Zambia for demonstrating strong and effective leadership and national ownership of the immunisation programme.


He said the national rotavirus vaccination programme has assisted in reducing infant mortality rates’ arising from diarrhoea related diseases.


Dr Chilengi appealed to mothers and guardians to ensure that all their children below the age of five get the complete two dose rotavirus vaccine.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diarrhoea is the second leading cause of deaths among children under the age of five after malaria.