Countrywide Campaign to Eradicate Measles Ends Today

injection and kid with momThe 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.

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.Β  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.

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.Β  People on social media also played really big role to make people realize the importance of this little vaccine to prevent big disease.

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.

During this health campaign about 32 million kids were targeted. Β 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.

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