Pediatricians Confident Of Polio Eradication By 2019
Umer Jamshaid 13 days ago Wed 12th September 2018 | 10:08 PM
Child specialists addressing a workshop organized by pediatrics department, Baqai Medical University, sounded confident that polio virus would be virtually eliminated from the environments of the country by next year (2019).
KARACHI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Sep, 2018 ) :Child specialists addressing a workshop organized by pediatrics department, Baqai Medical University, sounded confident that polio virus would be virtually eliminated from the environments of the country by next year (2019).
Prof. Dr. Jalal Akber, Vice President, Pakistan Paediatrics Association, Sindh chapter, Dr. Zafar Mehdi and Dr. Arshad M khan were of the unanimous opinion that efficient utilization of expanded program on immunization (EPI) has finally helped achieved the much cherished goal to protect against the crippling disease.
"We are being provided with an opportunity to expand the utilization of EPI tool on an updated pattern to contain several other vaccine preventable diseases that continue to compromise survival quality for our kids," emphasized the senior child specialist.
JalaL Akbar reiterated that country must urgently expand the its existent expanded program on immunization in accordance with world standard with equal attention towards mothers' health.
"Women in general and particularly those falling in reproductive years also can be protected against series of infections through timely and quality vaccines," he said particularly referring to anti-tetanus.
Dr. Zafar Mehdi, also a senior child specialist, associated with BMU, supplementing his co-professional said exclusive breast-feeding for initial phase of a child's life and its continuation along with weaning up to two and a half years' of their life not only provides them natural immunity against series of ailments but also protects mothers' against breast cancer.
"This is also a source of child spacing besides contributing towards emotional stability of the mothers concerned," said the speaker.