Published: Saturday 15 August 1998

Pakistan plans to boost its measles immunisation programme. The campaign may gain strong grounds under the Expanded Programme on Immunisation. Several non-governmental organisations and communities interested in creating demand for measles control are supporting the programme. Besides, they want to build up socio-political pressure to press for their demand. The agenda includes provision for vitamin A tablets along with immunisation services to prevent blindness and malnutrition among measles inflicted children. Measles remains a major cause of mortality, afflicting more humans than any other vaccine-preventable disease in Pakistan.

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