KARACHI: Special immunisation campaign against measles launched in Sindh by injecting anti-measles vaccine to a child at Chief Minister House.
Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated 13-days long drive against measles in Sindh.
Sindh Minister for Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed was also present and administered the anti-measles vaccine to a child.
During the inauguration ceremony, the provincial secretary Health Iqbal Durani briefed the chief minister this 13-days long special immunisation campaign was being launched with the collaboration of Gavi-World Health Organisation with total joint investment of Rs 1,050 million. He said out of this amount Rs 800 million being spent on the purchase of vaccines, while Rs 250 million would be incurred on its operational activities throughout the province.
Durrani elaborated at least 13.33 million children between age group from 6-month to 10 years have been targeted to be immunised with the help of 6,959 skilled persons and 130,181 social mobilisers in 1120 union councils of 29 districts of the province. He said the social mobilisers have been assigned to conduct house-to-house visit, mobilise the children of targeted age group and bring them to the nearest hospitals or vaccination site for the purpose.
Qaim said PPP government was giving top priority to the health services to ailing people and has earmarked Rs 17 billion in current budget for the purpose. He said measles, polio, Hepatitis B, C and other fatal diseases were the challenges to the individuals and organisations concerned and these could be combated with success only with joint efforts of the government and community.
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