Health Minister affirms commitment to strengthening the immunization programme

Islamabad, October 03, 2018 (PPI-OT): High level delegation of the GAVI Vaccine Alliance called on Federal Minister National Health Services, Aamer Mehmood Kiani here today Minister said on this occasion that the Government is committed to improve the health of mothers and children across Pakistan through provision of uninterrupted supply of vaccines, free of cost. In this regard the Minister further shared that the country is well prepared conduct a quality campaign of measles starting from 15th October 2018. Health Minister said to insure children are vaccinated and protected from life-threatening diseases including measles is a top priority of the government.

The Health Minister thanked Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for its partnership and concluded that “together as one team we are keen to advance for the successful implementation of the measles campaign and ensure all children in Pakistan are protected against deadly diseases through vaccines”. Gavi Alliance delegation shared that Gavi Alliance has been supporting Pakistan with more than USD1.2 billion to strengthen of Pakistan’s immunization program, in addition to the provision of technical assistance at National and sub-national level by UNICEF and WHO.

The mission added that measles campaign is also being supported by Gavi both in terms of vaccines provision and operational cost. National Programme Manager said on this occasion that the National and Provincial EPI programmes are working relentlessly to mobilize the communities in order to immunize every child in the target age group to achieve 95% coverage.

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