Vaccination drive in Tharparkar kicks off


KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Social Welfare, Special Education and Women Development Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani opened the special vaccination campaign to protect people of Tharparkar from Polio and Hepatitis B and C viral infections.
Minister said Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were personally monitoring the situation of Tharparkar while on special directives of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, an anti-Polio and anti-Hepatitis B and C vaccination campaign had been commenced so as to protect malnourished population of Tharparkar from acquiring deadly viral diseases.
Qaimkhani said in order to ensure each person in Tharparkar would get vaccinated properly for the prevention of deadly viral diseases, three vaccine delivery and administering vans had been put to task to reach every village in Tharparkar and administer the vaccines.
She informed around 1,345 persons were administered anti-Polio and Hepatitis B and C vaccines on Saturday.
The minister said Sindh government would address the issues of people of Tharparkar and would not be left at the mercy of the nature. Sindh government had taken all steps needed to ameliorate the anguish and suffering of people of Tharparkar and soon, coercive steps for the sustainable economic development in Tharparkar would be initiated.
Minister sought briefing from the authorities concerned and later visited Civil Hospital Mithi and attended the patients.
She directed the health authorities to take care of the patients and in any form of complaint they would face stern disciplinary action for Sindh government.
Sindh Health Secretary Iqbal Durrani said a team of 200 doctors and 270 paramedics was performing their duties in Tharparkar while a team of 20 consultants from Hyderabad and 6 from Liaquat University of Medical Sciences were also engaged in catering to the ailing population of Tharparkar at 19 medical camps, health units and hospitals.
He said more than 33,000 patients had so far been provided medical care and there was no paucity of medicines and leaves of doctors and paramedics had already been cancelled and placed to perform their professional duties for service of the ailing members of Tharparkar’s community.

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