Punjab on alert after measles epidemic in KP, Sindh

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq has directed that special attention should be given to enhance the routine immunization coverage for eradication of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD). He said that mobile and migrant population should be vaccinated against measles and routine EPI and mop-up activities in the areas of measles positive cases also be carried out to control measles in Punjab. He said that in pretext of outbreak of measles epidemic in KPK and Sindh, Punjab Health Department has to be more alert to control the disease in the province.
He stated this while chairing the meet-ing of Provincial Steering Committee on EPI at Emergency Operation Center at Directorate General Health Services, Punjab, here today. DG Health Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Syed, Director EPI Dr. Munir Ahmad, Medical Director Children Hospital Prof. Dr. Ahsan Waheed Rathore, Professor of Pediatrics Children Hospital Dr. Muhammad Haroon Ahmad, Chairman National Immunization Technical Advi-sory Group Prof. Tariq Iqbal Bhutta, Prof. of Pediat-rics KEMU Prof. Akmal Laeeq, focal person for polio eradication Billgates Foundation Dr. Aslam Chaudhary, UNICEF Rep. Dr. Nauman Khan, WHO Rep Dr. Raul Bonifacio, Dr. Mazhar Qureshi and other officers of Health Department also at-tended the meeting.
The meeting evaluated routine immunization coverage in Punjab. The participants expressed concern over the measles outbreak in Sindh and KPK provinces and directed the Health Department to take immediate solid measures for controlling measles in Punjab. The meeting was informed that during current year, more than three thousand cases of measles have so far been reported in Sindh whereas 1900 cases of measles have been reported in KPK.

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