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Vaccination project saves lives of kids

Hundreds of thousands of children have been saved over the past 20 years with immunisation programmes, said Trinh Quan Huan yesterday in a meeting in the capital city.

Huan, deputy minister of health, said that the national Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) has also done its share preventing diseases among the nation’s youth.

Dr Hans Troedsson, a representative of the World Health Organisation who also attended the meeting, agreed with Huan, saying: "Viet Nam should continue the programme because it is the best way to prevent children from catching dangerous diseases."

Beside speaking volumes for the programme, authorities from the MoH also gave its conclusion on the possible vaccine-related infant mortality case in HCM City’s District 5 last May.

They agreed there is no evidence that the death was the result of misconduct, and that the quality of the vaccine was fine, as were the storage conditions and vaccination protocol.

Both MoH and WHO’s representative confirmed the bacteria Staphyloccus aureus was the cause. The MoH also plans to set up a national steering committee to control and supervise the vaccination programme.

Vietnamnews - (11/07/2006)

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