Navigation Links
Pakistan to Launch World's Biggest Anti-measles Drive

Pakistani authorities and United Nations agencies said Thursday they will immunise 63 million children against measles in the biggest such campaign in history.

The virulent disease is one of the deadliest threats to young people in Pakistan, claiming the lives of 58 children a day, but vaccination coverage here is currently only 69 percent.

"It is the largest immunization campaign in the world. I think it will show a lot of results," health minister Nasir Khan told a news conference in Islamabad.

The campaign targeting all children aged up to 13 years is due to start on Monday in southwestern Baluchistan province. It will cover the whole country by March 2008, officials said.

It involves the Pakistani government, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organisation.

Volunteers will travel to schools and Islamic seminaries known as madrassas to give children the measles jabs, while government-run clinics will be also be used as vaccination centres.

Medics will make special plans to reach isolated mountain and desert communities.

"This is the largest campaign in the history of Pakistan and probably the largest globally. It is very different from the routine measles injection campaigns," UNICEF programme communication officer Melissa Corkum told AFP.

"We will have to achieve high coverage, ensure high social mobilisation and safe vaccination to significantly reduce child mortality and morbidity," she added.

A pilot campaign in Pakistan in March reached 95 percent of targeted children, she said.

The relatively low vaccination levels in Pakistan mean it has regular outbreaks of measles, which kills up to 10 percent of its victims, causes male sterility and weakens children's immunity.

Around one million Pakistani children catch measles every year and nearly 21,000 die from it.

The previous largest anti-measles campaign took place last year in Bangladesh, where 33.5 million children were targeted, UNICEF said.

The United Nations said in January that measles deaths have fallen by 60 percent worldwide since 1999, from 873,000 to 345,000, largely due to a decline in Africa.

Measles was the world's single most lethal infectious disease before an effective vaccine emerged in 1963.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Surgeons in India to Mend ‘Pakistani Hearts’ by treating 70 Childrn
2. Pakistani Quake Survivors Face Outbreak Of Diarrhea
3. Dengue Fever Claims Five Lives In Pakistan
4. Fear Of Dengue Epidemic Looms Large: Fever Kills Five in Pakistan
5. Pneumonia Claims 30 Lives In Pakistan
6. Measles Vaccination Drive Intensified In Quake-Hit Pakistan
7. Pakistan On Alert After Cases Of Fatal Fever
8. Pakistani Boy Undergoes Liver Transplant In India
9. Pakistan drug companies seek trade ties with India
10. Flu Vaccine’s Destination Changed From Illinois To Pakistan
11. Chennai Hospital Treats Pakistani Blue Baby
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple ... care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster ... Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s ... Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and ... plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway ... store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in ... existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to ... home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... -- NDS received FDA 510(k) clearance in May 2017 for its highly ... designed for endoscopy environments. An innovative secondary monitor solution, ZeroWire ... support the improvement of patient outcomes, procedural efficiency, and the lowering ... ... ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company ... "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the user ... with better efficiency compared to the dated and pricey ... on efficacy of the compression for a more informed ... goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. ... day with the investment community and media to further ... call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, ... webcast of the conference call through a link that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: