15 06, 2019

No link between vaccination efforts, spread of HIV


The Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (MMIDSP) representing Infectious Diseases and immunization experts, has categorically and unequivocally denied any connection between vaccination efforts and the spread of HIV in Pakistan. Prof. Bushra Jamil, the MMIDSP President and Dean, Infectious Diseases, College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) took strong exception to a [...]

15 12, 2018

8.9 m children vaccinated in last Anti-Polio Campaign


Health Department, Govt of Sindh launched 3-days last Anti-Polio Campaign of the year 2018 recently. The inauguration of the campaign was done by Minister for Health, Govt of Sindh, Dr. Azra Fazal Pehchuho. Senior members of health department were also present on the occasion. The targeted population for the campaign was approximately 8.9 million children [...]

15 11, 2018

EPI cost effective preventive health measure


Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Aamer Mehmood Kiani stressed upon the need of strengthening EPI program as the most cost effective preventive health measure. He expressed these views while addressing a Meeting on EPI Program. The meeting was attended by Additional Secretary Health, Iqbal Durrani, National Program Manager EPI, Dr. Syed [...]

15 08, 2018

Advocacy Seminar on ‘Promotion and Protection of Breastfeeding’


Nutrition Support Program (NSP) Govt. of Sindh in collaboration with UNICEF organized an Advocacy Seminar on ‘Promotion and Protection of Breastfeeding’ on 8th August 2018 at a local hotel in Karachi aimed to raise awareness on the importance of breastfeeding. Dr. Ismail Memon, Program Manager, Nutrition Support Program (NSP) in his welcome address appraised the [...]

15 06, 2018

EPI is an integral part of health program – Mayor Islamabad


Mayor Islamabad, Sheikh Anser Aziz addressing Capacity Building Workshop has said that Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) as an integral part of health program. Health Service Directorate of MCI is ensuring that vaccinators should reach every housing unit to immunize every child of the city so that healthy generation could be made. For this purpose, [...]

15 05, 2018

Approx. 3,000,000 deaths are prevented every year due to vaccines – Experts


Approximately 3,000,000 deaths are prevented every year due to vaccines. Immunization is estimated to save 2-3 million lives every year. An estimated 19.5 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines. These views were expressed by experts of Pakistan Pediatric Association while addressing a press briefing to observe World Immunization Week held recently [...]

15 05, 2018

Pakistan becomes first country to launch Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine


A new typhoid conjugate vaccine is to be added to the national Expanded Programme for Immunization following new evidence about the threat posed by a strain of typhoid that is extremely difficult to treat with antibiotics. An outbreak of extensively-drug resistant (XDR) typhoid in Hyderabad has already affected many children. Research from Aga Khan University [...]

15 04, 2018

Sindh introduced Rotavirus Vaccines in EPI routine immunisation


The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), Sindh has introduced Rotavirus Vaccine in routine immunization schedule of the EPI, in a ceremony held at EPI Office on Friday, 30th March ‘2018. Sindh Secretary Health Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, administrated the rotavirus vaccine to children and announced induction of vaccine in routine immunization. He said that Diarrhea is a leading cause of death in children. Statistics show [...]

15 12, 2017

Routine immunization in Balochistan urged


The pneumococcal vaccine can help in reducing the number of children suffering from pneumonia, a disease that is responsible for the death of thousands of children in Balochistan. This was stated by Dr. Kalimullah, Mayor Quetta while addressing a group of councilors at the Quetta Metropolitan Office. In line with the World Children’s Day, the [...]

15 08, 2016

Meeting of provincial task force on Polio


Meeting of provincial task force on Polio Chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Siddiq Memon. Also present in the meeting are Prime Ministers Focal Person on Polio Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Chairperson Monitoring and Oversight Committee Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, National Technical Consultant Dr. Altaf Bosan, Coordinator EOC Sindh Fayaz Jatoi, Technical Focal Person Sindh Dr. [...]

15 01, 2016

EPI Achieves another Milestone; Certificate of ISO 9001:2008


The Expanded Program on Immunization, Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination has achieved another major milestone in form of warehouse compliance certification that reflects that it operates under the Quality Management System which complies with ISO 9001:2008 standards. Vaccines are sensitive biological products which may become less effective, or even destroyed, when exposed [...]

15 11, 2015

VEP arranges its 2nd Meeting


Med Rev Report Members of Vaccine Expert Panel: Dr. Ejaz A. Khan (General Secretary) - Islamabad, Prof. Iqbal Memon – Karachi, Prof. Ashraf Sultan – Lahore, Prof. Sajid Maqbool – Lahore, Dr. Naseer Uddin Mahmood – Karachi, Prof. Nadeem Khawar – Peshawar, Prof. Haider Sherazi – Islamabad, Prof. Gen. Salman Ali – Islamabad & Dr. [...]

15 05, 2015

Risk characterization of maternal and neonatal Tetanus in view of tetanus vaccination campaigns in Pakistan


Ejaz A Khan, Rownak Khan*, Muhammad Tariq Iqbal*, Quamrul Hasan**, Saadia Farrukh*, Muhammad Safdar Rana, Wasiq Mehmood Khan** Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, *UNICEF, **World Health Organization, Islamabad-Pakistan Background: Pakistan is one of the remaining 24 countries which have not yet achieved Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE). The country adopted high-risk [...]

15 05, 2015

EOC/EPI world immunization day activities


Patients Helping Hands in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF and EPI launched a 2-days awareness campaign in lieu of World Immunization Week recently at National Institute of Child Health, Karachi. A Conference was also arranged with multiple eminent paediatricians discussing various aspects of immunization, its significance, the current statistics of the country and the future eradication [...]

15 11, 2013

Pneumonia kills one child every 30 seconds


Pneumonia, a killer disease is the biggest cause of child mortality around the globe, killing a child every 30 seconds. It contributes 18% of the total global child deaths and Pakistan is the first South Asian country to include Pneumococcal vaccine in its national immunisation programme, Dr Iqbal Memon, President Pakistan Paediatric Association and Dr. [...]