ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN

IMRAN ALI SOOMRO
SHIKARPUR:
In order to take preventive measures against the diseases of Measles and the Polio the 12 day special anti-measles and Polio campaign was started to vaccinate the children of 06 months to 10 years age anti-measles and administer the polio drops to the 05 years old children jointly in District Shikarpur by the District Health Department Shikarpur in collaboration with Government of Sindh, World Health Organization-WHO and the UNICEF here in Shikarpur on Monday.
According to District Health Officer-DHO Shikarpur Dr. Ahmed Ali Shah that 225 teams comprising the qualified and skilled staffers were constituted to vaccinate the children against the measles and the polio diseases through setting up the camps at Government and private hospitals and dispensaries and public buildings in the areas during the campaign.
According to scheduled target 361000 children 250000 children will be administered polio drops during the campaign period of 12 days, besides the big number of other newly born children will also be vaccinated to save them from the septic diseases including phemonia, wooping cough, Tyfied, Tetnis, T.B and other diseases attacking on newly born children during the campaign.
According to DHO Shikarpur Dr. Ahmed Ali Shah and the Incharge of the campaign programme Dr. Kishore that the Measles and Polio diseases were caused by virus. While the Measles disease was not too dangerous than polio disease but both the Measles and polio diseases could be brought under control if they were treated properly because both the diseases were easily preventable which could be controlled by taking preventive measures of providing vaccination to the children before attacking. Similarly the children could be protected from the attack of polio disease through administering the polio drops, they added.
However the DHO Shikarpur has appealed to stake holders, civil society persons, Ulma-e-Deen and media men to extend their close cooperation and coordination to the staff functioning in campaign.