QUETTA: Measles virus is a communicable disease which immediately affects children who are week. Parents should vaccinate their children during ongoing drive against measles.
This was stated by provincial health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch while speaking to Newsmen during his visit to various parts to see ongoing anti measles drive here Sunday.
He aid according to a survey 57 to 60 children died daily in Pakistan while 22000 children also die of measles every year. He said measles immediately affects child. According to EPI programme anti measles vaccine is given to a child on completion of 9 months while second injection is given in the age of 15 months. But in view of lack of awareness among the people, government of Balochistan and WHO planned to launch anti measles drive in whole of Pakistan. This campaign was launched in Punjab, KP and Sindh provinces during 2014 in which 39.6 million children have been vaccinated against measles. In Balochistan such campaign has been launched from April 13 and it would continue till 25 th. Three point five million children of age 6 month to 10 years would be vaccinated. Of these, 1.8 million children have been vaccinated during six days during the campaign. He said due to the interest of people and their support vaccination teams would achieve their target in 12 days.
He appealed to the people, parents, teachers and Ulema to get their children vaccinated and prove to be aware citizen.
Meanwhile EPI Health Department has appealed to extend full cooperation during ongoing anti measles campaign jointly launched by Health Departmental and WHO to save lives of their children. EPI thanked parents for vaccinating their children and asked teachers to vaccinate children at their schools.