Thiruvananthapuram: Health Card shall be mandatory in State from 1 April, informed Health Minister Veena George. Meanwhile, the Health department has made available typhoid vaccines at low cost of Rs 96 through Karunya Pharmacies. The typhoid vaccine prices range between Rs 350 to Rs 2000 in open market. The huge slash in price was brought about with interventions made by minister Veena George. . Typhoid vaccines are now available at Rs 95.52 through Karunya Pharmacies.
KMSCL did not disburse typhoid vaccine earlier, as it it did not feature in the list of essential drugs. Meanwhile, there rose several complaints stating typhoid vaccines vending at private pharmacies were priced very high. Given the situation, the minister instructed KMSCL to supply typhoid vaccine at the lowest rate possible.