KATHMANDU, Oct 30: The World Health Organization (WHO) South East Asia Region has resolved to integrate the typhoid vaccine into the national immunization schedule. This decision, reached during a meeting held on Monday, is part of a concerted effort to eliminate typhoid in Nepal.
The meeting concluded with a commitment to regularly incorporate the typhoid vaccine into the national vaccination schedule, aiming to make Nepal a typhoid-free nation.
Currently, Nepal reports approximately 100 typhoid infections per one million people. Alarmingly, according to statistics from GAVI, the incidence of typhoid infections in children under 15 years of age in Nepal is eleven times higher than in the general population.
It's worth noting that typhoid is caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi, which is typically found in contaminated drinking water sources.