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NEWS: 1100 die, mostly children, for want of $1 Vaccine

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posted on Sep, 24 2005 @ 09:18 AM
The worst outbreak of Japanese encephalitis ever seen in this remote area of India and Nepal is overwhelming hospitals in a region where the health care budget is about 13 cents annually per person. This puts the $1 per dose vaccine against the deadly disease far beyond the resources of the average individual.
In India, child encephalitis deaths could have been prevented by $1 vaccine

By: MARGIE MASON - Associated Press

KUSHINAGAR, India -- When Nand Kishore Sharma learns that his 7-year-old daughter could have been saved from her painful death by a $1 vaccine, he just shrugs. People in this remote, impoverished corner of India are used to being overlooked.

The Sharmas are victims of the worst Japanese encephalitis outbreak in recent memory. More than 1,100 people -- most of them children -- have died in India's Uttar Pradesh state and neighboring Nepal.

India's government has promised to immunize every child in the worst-affected areas, but it's too late to save any lives this year.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

The Uttar Pradesh state has these outbreaks every year, but this year's is especially severe for some reason. The Indian government needs to devote adequate resources to abating this problem and caring for those affected.

posted on Sep, 24 2005 @ 11:00 AM
Another preventable tragedy

Is it a case of neglect? Missplaced funding?

In any case, it's just awfully sad that for the sake of something so simple - a $1/shot vaccine - people are dying.

posted on Sep, 24 2005 @ 11:10 AM
Ya, youd think the INDIAN GOVERNMENT could swing the $1200 bucks with all the revenue from Dell, IBM and the rest. Hmmm.....should we start silk screening shirts for them to? Or are they not as important?

posted on Sep, 25 2005 @ 01:10 AM
Ive been tracking this in the medical forum. The 1100 dead is just from government run hospitals :shk: It does not account for deaths in private hospitals or villages etc.

posted on Sep, 25 2005 @ 03:14 PM
What a tragedy
I know with the increase of salaries from outsourcing, why dont they mandate each Corporate official to donate 50 cents per person, who benefitted from these aquisitions?You can't ask the Indian people to pay for it, they only make about 30 dollars a month. Where's the NAACP on this one? Maybe instead of using resources to pursue litigious activities, maybe they could do something that's actually worthwhile. Not that they haven't done alot to benefit alot of people, but I think they also do alot of over dramatizing. The WHO, also needs to step up to the plate on this one, if they can fund scientists to create superbugs, they can use some of that to help children for once, one million dollars isn't a big sum when you are corporations like this, but for someone who makes 20-30 dollars a month, it is.

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