Dr M K Bhan

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Bhan, pioneer of desi rotavirus jab, loses battle with cancer


New Delhi:

An eminent pediaetrician and clinical scientist, Bhan contributed significantly to science and healthcare in India. The Rotavac vaccine — the first locally developed rotavirus vaccine — helped lower the cost of vaccination for diarrhea — a major cause of death among children below 5 years in India.

After a medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, Bhan got MD (paediatrics) degree from PGIMER, Chandigarh. As a faculty at the AIIMS, New Delhi he researched childhood diarrhea and nutrition.

The man behind India’s first locally developed rotavirus vaccine and a former secretary in department of biotechnology Dr M K Bhan passed away on Sunday. He was 72 and battling pancreatic cancer.

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