Karachi: Expended Program on Immunization (EPI) again rescheduled the measles vaccination campaign in Sindh province and now drive would begin from 19 May 2014 across Sindh province in comprehensive manner.
The measles drive had been rescheduled in province over failure of concern department to devise micro-plan before launching of campaign in province.
Project Director EPI Sindh Dr Mazhar Ali Khamisani, when contacted, said 12-day anti-measles campaign, which was scheduled to start on 28 April in province, has been rescheduled over some issues and the drive would now begin from 19 May and continue till 30 May 2014 before the start of summer vocations in province.
He said provincial government would provide security to teams in high-risk areas of Karachi to make drive successful. He said EPI was also planning to launch ant-polio drive in province along with measles campaign.
Deputy Project Manager EPI Dr Durrey Naaz said approximately 1.4 million children from six month to under ten-year age would be administered measles vaccination during the 12-day campaign. She informed that the EPI focuses on all children from six-month to under 10-year age, but mainly focus on school-going children.
She said measles drive need skilled vaccinators or staff to administrate vaccine. She said EPI will establish fixed points in each Union Councils of Sindh and teams administrate vaccine children. She said measles drive needs long-planning and skilled vaccinators which reason behind the delay of campaign.
She informed that District Health Officers (DHOs) were being asked by government to provide the detail of children and establishment of measles vaccination fixed points in order to launch campaign across the province in comprehensive manner.
She said in this connection a meeting of DHOs would be held in next week to finalize the preparation of measles drive in province.
It is pertinent to mention here that a total 5,460 measles cases were reported in Sindh province in 2013, out of which 151 died later during the treatment.
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