Health Current Affairs

Committee to examine Pentavalent vaccine’s safety

In the wake of 21 infants dying after receiving Pentavalent vaccine in the country, the government will conduct a study to ascertain its safety.

The government will soon set up a national-level Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) Committee that will launch a study on the safety and effectiveness of Pentavalent vaccine and will go into background of the deaths of 21 infants who received this vaccine in various states of India. The proposed study will be conducted with the help of some other agencies and the WHO will also be involved in it.

What is a Pentavalent Vaccine?

The Pentavalent vaccine protects children against five deadly childhood diseases — DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus), Hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type B (HiB).


Scientist Vinod Prakash Sharma honored with Gujar Mal Modi award

Screenshot_1Scientist Vinod Prakash Sharma has been honored with the Gujar Mal Modi Award for Innovative Science and Technology 2013 for his achievements in malaria research, control and prevention, including other vector borne diseases.
He is leading the Safe Water Campaign of the NASI (The National Academy of Sciences, India). His work on popularization of science, creating awareness and science education programmes of NASI  are widely appreciated in the remote areas as well.