Kerala health firm’s vaccine project mentioned in budget

March 16th, 2012 - 7:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, March 16 (IANS) The much-awaited Rs.594 crore Integrated Vaccine Complex (IVC) being implemented by Thiruvananthapuram-headquartered HLL Life Care Ltd got a shot in the arm Friday with Finance Minister Pranabh Mukherjee mentioning that a new integrated vaccine unit near Chennai would be set up.

Since 2009, the project had been in the drawing board stage and did not make much headway. But with Friday’s announcement, it is expected to go at a rapid pace with Mukherjee stating that through this new unit, the country would achieve vaccine security and keep the pressure on disease eradication and prevention.

The IVC complex coming up at a 100 acre plot of land at Chengalpattu near Chennai is expected not only to meet the country’s needs of the six primary vaccines included under the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) but also to produce several new-generation vaccines for domestic use as well as for exports.

HLL Life Care Ltd , a mini ratna enterprise under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, who are the leading providers of a wide range of contraceptives, hospital products, pharma products and health care solutions is implementing this mega project which would provide uninterrupted supply of vaccines in the immunisation programme of the government, thus ensuring health security to all in the country.

Speaking to IANS, HLL CMD, M. Ayyapan said: “This is great news. The work has just begun with a project office opening up and the compound walls are being built. With this new thrust given in the budget, it is certain that things will be speeded up and we expect to finally start production of the vaccines in three years time.”

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