Saturday, June 18, 2011

Doctors support sought for child protection against typhoid

Sindh Health Minister, Dr. Saghir Ahmed has asked the child specialists to collaborate with government in its efforts to protect children against vaccine preventable diseases.
Addressing a session organized by Trust for Vaccines and Immunization (TVI) headed by senior pediatrician Prof. Abdul Ghaffar Billoo, yesterday he appreciated TVI initiative for vaccination of school and madressah children against Typhoid.
He commended the spirit of the NGO and the doctors involved in the exercise and the pace of speed with which more than 120,000 school and madressah going children from Gulshan and Jamshed Towns were vaccinated against typhoid fever.
The minister said such campaigns were prerequisite for the quality health of children and needed to be replicated. "I appeal to the child specialists, general physicians and volunteers to assist the government in its Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI)", he said.
Dr. Mustafa Shah of TVI shared with the participants of the meeting the results of Typhoid Vaccination Campaign.
He said approximately 12,000 vaccines have been administered in 1800 public and private schools as well as madressahs in Gulshan Town and Jamshed Town respectively.
He said physicians, teachers, head teachers and religious leaders had played an important role in convincing parents about the benefits of vaccination and its impact in protection of children against the disease.
Dr. Shah expressed his gratitude to Sindh Health Department, City District Government - Karachi, Aga Khan University and International Vaccine Institute for their support.(Daily News)

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