The vaccination campaign to eliminate measles was started on October 15. The last date of anti measles campaign was extended from 27th to 29th of October, however, in Islamabad the date is further increased till 31st October.
This massive vaccination campaign against measles was initiated by government after an increase in measles cases. The campaign was launched by President Dr Arif Alvi at PIMS hospital Islamabad on 15th October, 2018.
Vaccinating 32 million children against measles in two weeks is possible only s to the hard work of 10,000 health workers and social mobilizers across Pakistan. #MissionMeaslesImpossible #Measles #VaccinesWork @gavi @UNICEF @UNICEFROSA pic.twitter.com/lKIgN1bFh8
— UNICEF Pakistan (@UNICEF_Pakistan) October 29, 2018
This vaccination campaign was run in every part of the country, from Karachi to KP every child under the age of 5 was given anti measles vaccination. Special booths were installed in hospitals, there were camps in many areas, health workers went from door to door to make sure every child get vaccination.
— Duaa (@asif_duaa) October 27, 2018
I witnessed amazing efforts from all people to create awareness about this campaign; taxi walas, vegetable hawkers & masdij imams made announcements. Some women went in apartments & societies to announce about the vaccines. People on social media also played really big role to make people realize the importance of this little vaccine to prevent big disease.
— Bhooki Abeer 🍟🍝🍕 (@DMisHaram) October 27, 2018
Here we must not forget to acknowledge the efforts of health workers who performed their duty in far most areas of Balochistan, Sind, KP & Punjab. Reaching children in snowy mountain areas & places like Thar was not an easy task.
Polio drive takes place in every 45 days thus the polio cases in a year has come down to 6 but #measles was reported in 25,000 children which is alarming. This is why government is doing a supplementary Measles drive wherein over 32.5 Million kids were vaccinated till 27th Oct. pic.twitter.com/1j9hrcyIeU
— Nabeha Latif (@Nabehal) October 27, 2018
During this health campaign about 32 million kids were targeted. In 2017, number of measles effected kids in Pakistan reached to 6,494. To minimize this number of measles effected kids the recent campaign is indeed a great initiative.
All this vaccination is free of cost.