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  • Sindh authorities has determined to launch a province-wide immunization drive towards contagious ailments from Nov 15.
  • As many as 38 kids have died from measles within the province throughout 2021.
  • 19 million kids from 9 months to fifteen years could be given necessary photographs of measles and rubella vaccine through the drive. 

KARACHI: In a bid to guard the youngsters from measles and rubella, the Sindh authorities has determined to launch the world’s largest immunization drive towards contagious ailments within the province from November 15, The Information reported. 

As many as 38 kids have died from measles within the province to this point through the present yr.

Throughout the 12-day vaccination drive, 19 million kids from 9 months to fifteen years could be given necessary photographs of measles and rubella vaccine, officers stated Monday. Along with this, two drops of polio may also be given to eight million kids beneath 5 years of age on this marketing campaign.

Measles, which is likely one of the most contagious ailments on this planet, has to this point claimed 38 lives in Sindh within the first 9 months of the present yr alone whereas 2,489 instances had been reported within the province.

“To prevent more deaths, every child would be given a shot of Measles and Rubella vaccine from November 15-27, 2021 in the province,” Mission Director of Expanded Program (EPI) Dr Irshad Memon on Immunization (EPI) advised a information convention.

Accompanied by Director Basic Well being Sindh Dr Juman Bahoto, famend paediatrician Dr Khalid Shafi, Director Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority Dr Durre Naz, Dr Ahmed Ali Shaikh and others, EPI Mission Director urged mother and father to get their kids as much as 15 years of age vaccinated.

“Both the viral diseases – measles and rubella are vaccine-preventable diseases. But if the vaccine is not given against them to children, they can lead to death, blindness, pneumonia and infection of the brain and other permanent disabilities,” Dr Irshad Memon said and adding urged the media to support the drive in the province.

He maintained that the new Measles-Rubella vaccine would be used during the vaccination campaign in all Union Councils of Sindh with a target of 18.6 million children with the support of its technical partners, UNICEF and WHO.

To make this campaign successful, EPI has engaged a huge workforce including more than 15,000 Skilled Immunization Staff (Vaccinators, Medical Technicians and Lady Health Visitors); 43,624 non-skilled staff to assist during the campaign; around 3,265 supervisors for monitoring.

Doctors from public and private hospitals have also been engaged to assist with the campaign, in collaboration with the Pakistan Pediatrics Association.

There is a strong collaboration with religious leaders, education departments, media and civil society organizations to ensure that the maximum target for the campaign is achieved.

Dr Khalid Shafi, Secretary-General of Pakistan Pediatric Association, stated that the EPI is offering free of cost vaccines against 12 preventable diseases.

“Low immunization coverage on the other hand has an adverse effect on the other health interventions for mothers and children. The push to prioritise immunization is essential in providing equitable access to essential vaccines for all children and save more lives,” Dr Durre Naz added.

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