Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday said efforts are on to introduce pneumococcal conjugate vaccination of children in the state.
Andhra CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said, “Steps are being taken to include PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccination) vaccine as the 10th type of universal immunization program to be given to children.”
“Pneumococcal disease is most commonly found in children (including infants) below 2 years of age. As of now, the government is providing nine types of vaccines to children. The newly administered PC vaccine should be administered in village and ward clinics ,” CM Jagan Mohan Reddy said.
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccination is mainly used to prevent pneumococcal disease caused by bacteria. These bacteria can cause a variety of diseases, including pneumonia, which is a lung infection.
The development comes as Andhra Pradesh on Monday recorded 909 Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths due to the viral infection. SARS-CoV-2 is the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the health officials to ensure complete implementation of the COVID protocol in the state.
Andhra Pradesh launches website to ensure availability of quality medicines
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh government launched two websites to ensure the availability of effective and quality medicines at affordable prices.
Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that the websites have been launched to make the state “fake drugs free”.
CM Jagan Reddy said, “These websites will eventually implement an algorithm-based approach for better risk management in the selection of inspections.”
“These websites were created solely to contain a database of medicines purchased by dealers/stockists/distributors from outside the state of Andhra Pradesh. Vigilance team of HO will analyze the details of medicines and their manufacturers as well as the parameters of the intelligent Will also implement sampling to track counterfeit drugs,” he said.
CM Jagan Reddy said, “These websites will eventually move towards a uniform system of bar-coding/QR coding across the country to trace and track any batch of drug in the market.”