Measles vaccination drive soon in Sindh, Secretary Health

Karachi: Secretary Health Sindh Iqbal Hussain Durrani on Tuesday said measles vaccination campaign would be started soon in Sindh province.

He expressed these views while talking to media at inauguration ceremony of a week-long free screening camp for Karachi Press Club (KPC) members and their families arranged by KPC Health and Fitness Committee at KPC. The camp was jointly organized by Health Department Sindh, EDO Health Karachi and Muhammadi Blood Bank.

Vic-President KPC Saeed Sarbazi, Shamas Kerio, Kafil Faizan Secretary Health Committee KPC Hamid Ur Rehman, Dr Usman and EDO Karachi Dr Zafar Ejaz were also present on this occasion.

Iqbal Durrani said a 12-day long vaccination of measles would be launched in the province soon and a training of trainers program has already been started in Hyderabad in this regard. He said Pakistan is among six other countries where measles disease is still present.

He informed that measles vaccination drive would start from last week of this month in collaboration with UNICEF in a comprehensive manner after nine years time period.

He said the screening camp at KPC is initiated as pilot project and if this experience went successful then the project will also implemented for general public in the province.

He said the government was reviewing the performance of People Primary Health Initiatives (PPHI), while health department is also considering for withdrawing powers of some basic health centers.

He informed that 60 new doctors have been recruited by the government out of which 15 doctors have still to join duties. He said the department has constituted two committees to review the transferring of powers to six new teaching hospitals of Karachi.

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