February 13, 2017

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Myanmar kicks off pneumococcal disease campaign

A baby receives Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) at a ceremony to launch the vaccination programme in Nay Pyi Taw.
A baby receives Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) at a ceremony to launch the vaccination programme in Nay Pyi Taw.

THE Ministry of Health kicked off a vaccination programme that allows children under one year to receive free Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) across the country yesterday.
In his address at the introduction of the PCV immunisation for under-one children, Union Minister Dr Myint Htway called on the participation of all parents in the programme to protect their children against pneumococcal disease.
According to the country’s latest childhood immunisation schedule, all children under one year will be given 10 types of vaccines including PCV vaccine which will be administered in a three-dose series in which the first dose is set to be given at two months, the second at four and the third at six.
Children under one year in Myanmar were previously offered nine types of vaccinations.
Next, resident representatives of donor organisations—GAVI, UNICEF and WHO— elaborated on the progress of the ongoing vaccination program in Myanmar.
The government is set to spend US$1.18million on the pneumococcal immunisation program, said the Union minister, adding that the cost for the immunisation of children would be $6.7m for the 2016-2017 FY.
He stressed the need for the participation of all in the children’s PCV vaccine program as seven dollars have been invested in providing a single vaccine dose.
The Union minister also called for full vaccination coverage for all children in every part of the country including self-administer regions.

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