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‘1.5 m kids die due to no vaccination’
ST Correspondent | Wednesday, 24 June 2015 AT 09:38 AM IST
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Pune: Every year, around 1.5 million children die worldwide because of vaccine preventable diseases, of which 20 per cent die in India.
This was said by a infectious diseases’ expert from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, on Tuesday.
“Vaccines have saved millions of lives around the world in last 50 years. Vaccines have numerous advantages in addition to preventing death and disability, such as improvement in health condition, better school attendance leading to higher educational qualification, which finally lead to equity and better economic growth,” said Dr Mathuram Santosham, Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Infectious Diseases; Director, Center for American Indian Health, Professor, International Health and Pediatrics John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
He was in the city to deliver a lecture to students of MBA Hospital and Healthcare Management at Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS), Symbiosis International University (SIU). The topic of the event was ‘Value of Vaccines and Child Health’.
“Despite all the benefits of vaccination, around 1.5 million children worldwide die from vaccine preventable diseases annually, of which 20 per cent die in India. Although there are issues regarding cost of vaccines, if one looks carefully, the medical cost incurred due to hospitalisation for vaccine preventable disease is much higher,” Dr Santosham said.
On being questioned by one of the students on the issue of need for vaccines, if there are alternatives available and about drug resistance, the expert said that there are always alternatives like better sanitation and other low cost interventions like ORH.
However, vaccination is important aspect of disease prevention.
Speaking on the drug resistance issue, he said that greater regulation is required in India for prescribing and selling of antibiotics.

Approved Research Centres of SIU
Symbiosis International University (SIU) has signed an MoU with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and institutes under ICMR, where in institutes under ICMR are recognised as Approved Research Centers (ARCs) of SIU. Institutions under both SIU and ICMR undertake joint collaborative research. scientists of ICMR can enroll for PhD programmes at SIU. Symbiosis College of Nursing (SCON), of Symbiosis International University, is a recipient of the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

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