President kicks off Anti-measles drive across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday launched the national immunization drive against measles, under which children aging nine months to five years will be vaccinated during October 15-27.

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The President initiated the campaign here at the Poly Clinic Hospital as part of the government’s Expanded Programme of Immunization.

President Dr Alvi said around 34.6 million children would be vaccinated at outreach sites and public health facilities across the country.

The President appreciated the services of National Institute of Health (NIH) for production of vaccines.

Likewise, the inaugural ceremony of a 13-day anti-measles campaign was held at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) dispensary in Gizri on Saturday. The campaign will continue till October 27.

According to details, over seven million children between the ages of nine months to five years will be vaccinated against the disease during the campaign.

All 29 districts and 1123 union councils of Sindh will be covered during this campaign.

Measles is a serious problem in Pakistan and in other countries through the world. During an outbreak in 2012-13, more than 500 children die of the disease in Pakistan.

Measles virus spreads from one child to another by coughing and sneezing, and even before a rash is seen. If left untreated, it could be deadly for children with the complications including severe weight loss, pneumonia, diarrhea, loss of vision, discharge from ears and convulsions that may lead to brain damage.

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