More than one in five deaths of children under five in the world happen in India. More than half these deaths are due to vaccine-preventable and treatable infections, such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and sepsis. If all children are vaccinated, lakhs of lives would be saved each year.
“India’s infant mortality rate is 39, which means that an estimated 9.9 lakh babies die within one year of birth, mostly from preventable causes,” said Union Health Minister JP Nadda. “This is unacceptable. We have to save these newborns.”
To overcome its high child mortality rate, India has added four new vaccines to its flagship universal immunisation programme (UIP) and has committed to providing free vaccines against 10 life-threatening diseases to 27 million children, through more than 9 million immunisation sessions each year.
“India’s infant mortality rate is 39, which means that an estimated 9.9 lakh babies die within one year of birth, mostly from preventable …
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