Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance called on the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, J P Nadda, here today. During the meeting he discussed various issues relating to the health sector in India. Dr Seth Berkley expressed appreciation for the initiatives taken by the Ministry towards strengthening the health systems, particularly in the area full immunization through Mission Indradhanush. Dr Berkley also appreciated the resolve and commitment to launch new vaccines to protect the children and India’s population from various diseases.
The Health Minister elaborated on the new initiatives of the Government such as Mission Indradhanush that aims to cover all missed-out and left-out children with cover of full immunization and the successes within the nation-wide initiative, the launch of new vaccines including Pentavalent, Pneumococcal, Rota Virus, Measles-Ruebella and the adult JE vaccine. The Health Minister Nadda said, “Immunisation is the only way forward for healthy India as it is a very crucial determinant of a productive community. We are looking forward to develop synergies and to use expertise of GAVI in strengthening health systems in India. GAVI can play an important role in making our systems more robust.”
The Health Minister appreciated the efforts of GAVI in complimenting the efforts of the Government for achieving universal immunization. Dr. Berkley assured the Minister support of GAVI in strengthening health systems further in order to enhance the capacity and knowledge of the Routine Immunization programme.