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Measles and Pakistan’s fight against it

Measles and Pakistan

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104.0 °F), cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Pakistan is trying hard to fight against Measles through this they launched a nationwide campaign in Pakistan started on 15th October and continued till 27th October 2018. This was part of an international campaign because the increase in the cases of Measles was not a local phenomenon rather World Health Organization (WHO) observed an overall increase throughout the world.

Pakistan is far behind than Bangladesh and Nepal when it comes to infants’ health. To prevent an outbreak of measles in Pakistan, the government with the help of UNICEF initiated a program to prevent children from the deadly virus from the age of 9 months to 5 years. Teams not only reached climatically challenging areas but also security sensitive areas to help prevent toddlers from measles.

Nationwide vaccination was the right step because WHO recommends 95% vaccination coverage to stop an outbreak of Measles. Such a high percentage of coverage is necessary because one affected person can spread the disease to 9 out of 10 unvaccinated people.

The nationwide campaign aimed to change this by vaccinating 32 million young children who are most vulnerable by Measles.

It is our responsibility as parents of kids to get awareness about the diseases and how to secure our kids from these. This year’s campaign did well to make parents and kids aware about the Measles.

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