KARACHI: Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Sindh has finalized the arrangement for upcoming measles vaccination campaign to be launched from 19 to 30 May 2014 in Sindh province. A senior official of EPI said all necessary arrangements have been made for measles vaccination which would be started from coming Monday.
Around 13,269,690 children under six-month to 10-year age group would be vaccinated against the measles in province. The EPI has decided to establish 1,599 permanent measles vaccination centers and arranged 98 mobile teams across the province for maximum coverage of children.
An official said measles disease had taken an epidemic shape last year as 100 children died and thousands of them were affected due to this diseases in 2013. The prevention steps are necessary to save children this year. EPI is going to launch 11-day-long measles drive in 1120 union councils of province in comprehensive manner.
They said provincial government had assured the foolproof security for measles vaccination teams and local police would also assist the teams during campaign. Acting Inspector General of Sindh police Ghulam Haider Jamali had already issued directions for making foolproof security arrangements across the province during the upcoming vaccination drive in Sindh.
Executive District Officer (EDO) Health Karachi Dr Zafar Ejaz, when contacted, said approximately 4 million children would be administered measles vaccination in Karachi city. He said strategy of measles vaccination is different from polio campaign and all necessary arrangement has been finalized for upcoming drive.