KARACHI: President, Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA), Center, Prof Dr Iqbal Memon on Monday revealed that over 70 percent children are deprived from routine vaccination in Pakistan annually and elimination of various vaccine-preventable diseases could not be possible until the brining the routine vaccination coverage level to 85-90percent.
Talking to PPI, Prof Iqbal Memon said federal and provincial governments have devised a plan to increase up routine vaccination coverage in the country with many steps including re-activating Expanded Program on Immunization centers, improving the performance of vaccinators, motivation of parents to bring their children for routine vaccination in centers and rising awareness level among general public.
He said significant number of children can be saved from dying and life-long disabilities through better vaccinations coverage. He said only 28 to 30 percent children have been vaccinated in the country despite so many steps had been taken by governments, while the rest of children are deprived of vaccination due to lack of awareness and socio-cultural barriers.
He informed that ratio of vaccinations coverage is 35 to 40 percent in Sindh. He said the dream of a healthy society could not come true in the country till the bringing the vaccinations coverage to at least 85 percent. He said children deprived from vaccination have been posing serious risk of spreading diseases among those who were already vaccinated.
He said low trend of routine vaccination in the society is the major reason behind frequent reporting of polio cases last year. He said door to door special campaigns are not solution to all problems and people should realize their responsibilities in this regard.
Prof Memon advised the all segments of society to play their due role for increasing the vaccination coverage in the country in order to prevent children from dying and disability.
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