1.5 million children to be vaccinated against measles

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A week-long vaccination campaign against the measles will be begun in 10 districts of the province, including 42 union councils (UCs) of the Rawalpindi district, and would target around 1.5 million children between the ages of six months and 59 months.

Dr. Jamal Nasir, the interim minister for primary and secondary healthcare, made this statement as he began the “Health Fair” and measles vaccination campaign by administering shots to children at Eden Marque IJP road.

Dr. Jamal stated that during the special campaign, children in 147 union councils in 10 districts of Punjab that had been designated high-risk regions for the transmission of the measles virus were also receiving polio and vitamin A drops in addition to the measles vaccination.

He said that 80 union councils in Lahore City, 12 in Jhang, three in Hafizabad, two each in Narowal, Sialkot, Kasur, and Toba Tek Singh, and one in each of Gujranwala and Sheikhupura, were immunising youngsters against measles and rubella.

The minister further stated that 42 UCs in the Rawalpindi district, comprising 19 union councils in the city, 8 union councils in the cantonment, 5 union councils in the Taxila tehsil, and 10 UCs in the rural area, were being visited by 52 UC supervisors, 354 skilled employees, 354 assistants, and 354 social mobilizers.

He stated that the World Health Organisation was supplying technical and operational support for the unique campaign at the request of the Punjab government.