Govt decides to expand Typhoid Vaccine programme in all cities: Zafar

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Staff Reporter

Special assistant to the prime minister on health Dr Zafar Mirza Monday urged citizens to join hands with the government to fight against typhoid and other fatal diseases become prevalent in the country.
The government has decided to expand this national program in other parts of the country in coming months, he said.
Talking to a private news channel, Dr. Zafar Mirza said under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan special attention is being paid to improving health sector day by day and health facilities have been enhanced across the country without any discrimination.
He said it mission of the incumbent government to provide treatment facilities to patients in all areas incuding Sindh. All the departments concerned would have to play their role to accomplish the mission, he added.
Dr Mirza expressed his serious concerns over the increasing number of ‘extensively-drug resistant’ (XDR) typhoid cases in the Sindh.
He assured that to further strengthen the immunization programme for children, Health Department would take concrete steps to maintain this status and all vaccinations would be provided to each and every child of the state.
He stated that all the resources would be utilized in this regard and the latest health reforms would be introduced to improve the traditional healthcare system in country.
Pointing out that the government was making all efforts to protect children from fatal diseases, he said Typhoid vaccines under the program must reach the last child of the state.
He said the vaccine is the most effective way to curb new cases and to protect children from the fatal disease which is rising in Sindh. He said Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) interventions are critical to preventing spread of typhoid. “It is our prime duty to save our children from infectious diseases and to build a healthy nation, he said.