KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Wednesday showed deep concern over the shortage of Anti-TB vaccination for infants in Pakistan.
In this connection, a high level meeting was held at PMA House, Karachi, which was attended by the office-bearers of PMA Centre, PMA Karachi and some senior members of the organization like Prof S Tipu Sultan, Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, Dr Qaisar Sajjad, Prof Idrees Adhi, Dr Qazi Wasiq, Dr Shershah Syed, Dr Hamid Manzoor and Dr Ahmed Bhimani. The meeting was also attended through video link by President PMA Centre from Quetta Dr Aziz Ahmed Lehri, Dr Ashraf Nizami, Dr Talha Sherwani and Dr Bashir Channa.
The participants showed their deep concern over the shortage of anti-TB vaccination for infants in the country. According to a news report, millions of infants were not able to be vaccinated because of non-availability of the vaccine. There could be many reasons for the shortage of the vaccines stock, but the responsibility of providing the vaccine is totally rest on the shoulders of Federal Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) cell which was not able to procure the required amount of the vaccines. This vaccination is given as routine immunization, BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guerin) that protects children from tuberculosis.
The situation is alarming because millions of infants have been denied the vaccination from 1st of February, due to its country-wide shortage. The BCG vaccine is mandatory for every newborn in Pakistan for being integral part of the routine EPI program. This vaccine is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines being the most important medication needed in a basic health system. The shortage of this vaccine has put health of millions of children at risk.
Pakistan is the only country of the world that had highest number of Polio cases in 2014.
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