Islamabad, Today a two week long (October 15-27, 2018) nationwide anti measles campaign was inaugurated by the President of Pakistan at the Federal Government Polyclinic Hospital in Islamabad by administering measles vaccine to a child.
While addressing to the participants at the occasion of formal launch of the national measles campaign, Minister, Aamir Mehmood Kiyani urged all parents to vaccinate their children against the deadly disease of Measles. The two week long (October 15-27, 2018) nationwide anti measles campaign is planned in to protect more than 32 million children against measles.
Federal Minister, National Health Services Aamer Mehmood Kiani said on the occasion it is a duty of every Pakistani to ensure that every child between 9 months and 5 years of age is vaccinated as part of this campaign. “In line with the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, we are paying extra attention to health and well-being of mothers and children’, expressed the Federal Minister.
Sharing the agenda of the Government, Minister underscores the importance of health sector in improving the human development index. “The aim of the present Government is to prioritize health and education to lead improvement in the life of community,” he opined. He emphasized that measles campaign would ensure health of our children and improve National indicators of child health in the longer run.
Dr. Syed Saqlain Ahmed Gilani, National Program Manager, EPI in his opening remarks said that Pakistan has experienced a massive measles outbreak in 2011-2013 followed by a nationwide measles campaign conducted in 2014-15 to reduce the burden of measles cases in the Country.
National Program Manager also highlighted the extensive efforts in planning of the campaign and engaging all stakeholders to ensure that every child receives an additional measles dose. He also stressed that until we are able to mobilize the communities to avail this opportunity, the aim of achieving more than 95% coverage would not be achieved.
Dr. Syed Saqlain Ahmed Gilani also appreciated the support and technical assistance provided by development partners including United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) with financial assistance from the Global