India's progress in health outcomes during the past two decades has been slower in comparison to other developing countries with comparable incomes, a latest working paper prepared by Niti Aayog said,
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“Nearly 9.7 million children in the South-East Asian region still do not get the most basic of vaccines like the third dose of DTP-containing vaccine. Immunisation is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions. Growing opportunities through new funding as well as research and development initiatives should not go in vain due to the lack of perceived benefit. We need to increase public awareness and ensure that the public understands how immunisation saves lives,” WHO regional director for South-East Asia Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang has said.