SANCHITA SHARMA

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

More chil­dren in In­dia are get­ting im­mu­nised against vac­cine-pre­ventable ill­nesses than ever be­fore, but progress re­mains mixed and a lot more needs to be done to pre­vent ill­nesses among poor and marginalised chil­dren in both ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

The Pneu­mo­nia and Diar­rhoea Progress Re­port 2018, which tracks ef­forts to be­ing down deaths from the two pre­ventable dis­eases that killed 1.36 mil­lion un­der-5 chil­dren – one in four un­der-5 child deaths glob­ally – said 70% of the global deaths con­tinue to oc­cur in 15 coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia.

With 26 mil­lion births every year, it was not sur­pris­ing that In­dia had the most pneu­mo­nia and diar­rhoea deaths with 260,990 chil­dren dy­ing in 2016, fol­lowed by Nige­ria and Pak­istan. What was wor­ry­ing was that In­dia tied with Pak­istan for the sev­enth place among 15

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