Terming immunisation as a very cost-effective child survival intervention, experts have sought concrete steps to ensure full immunisation in order to check infant mortality caused by vaccine-preventable diseases. Speaking at a discussion on “Immunization for all: Improving the Health of Children” here, they noted that in India, a child dies every minute from vaccine preventable diseases. India also accounts for almost a fifth of all global under-five deaths, mostly caused by vaccine-preventable diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia and diarrhoea. To create awareness about child health and the importance of immunisation, Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation organised the meet yesterday as part of their annual event IDEATE 2016 in partnership with Global Health Strategies.
“When we know how to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases but we fail to act, and let a child develop disease or succumb to it, we are guilty of dereliction of duty,” said T Jacob John, Emeritus Professor at Christian Medical College, Vellore. “Full immunisation is the birth-right of every child, rural or urban, poor or rich,” said John.