Peshawar: Speakers at an inaugural ceremony of “Child and Mother Week” to be observed from April2429, stressed the parents to immunize their children to make sure reduce measles, mortality, diarrhoea and pneumonia.
The aim of the week to create awareness among the masses regarding the fatal diseases, rectify measles situation in Pakistan and to cover all the defaulter children who have missed during the campaigns regarding the diseases related to children and mothers.
The Lady Health Workers Programme, health department has commenced the Week while in collaboration with Expended Programme Immunization EPI and Unicef, World Immunization Week is also being observed in the same campaign.
Those who spoke on the occasion were caretaker provincial health minister Farrukh Sair, Deepak, chief field officer Unicef Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr Janbaz Afridi, deputy director EPI, Dr Faheem Hussain Khan, provincial coordinator LHWs programme and Dr Ubiadul Islam.
The caretaker minister said that it was need of the hour to take control on the fatal disease and change mindset of common people. He assured that provincial government would cooperate and support the health department to get rid of the diseases.
Delivering presentation to the participants, Dr Janbaz said that every year in Pakistan 432,000 children and 20,000 mothers died during childbirth while 13 percent children from Pneumonia and 11 percent from Diarrhoea died.
Similarly, he added that 100 kids out of 1000 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 104 in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas FATA would not live to see their fifth birthday while out of these children 76 become death victim before their first anniversary due to Pneumonia and Diarrhoea.
“The week is being observed in 24 district of KP and Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps”, said Mr Janbaz adding during the weekly activities, awareness among the masses on Union Councils UCs and villages level would be create regarding children’s health and other difficulties being faced by mothers.