Health Ministry to run ‘extensive search and immunize’ campaign for children

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Kathmandu: The Ministry of Health and Population is to vaccinate the children who missed out on the regular immunization programme. This extensive search and immunisation campaign will be organized on May 13, said Dr Prakash Budhathoki, spokesman for the Ministry.     

He said that an ‘extensive search and vaccination campaign’ would be conducted for children who missed regular vaccinations. According to him, 13 types of vaccines will be given to children under the age of five who missed regular vaccinations in 15 months. The government provides for free 13 types of vaccinations to children from birth to five years of age to protect them from diseases, disability and death.     

The Ministry has stated that 80 per cent of children have received the full dose, 20 per cent have not received all vaccines, and four per cent of children have not received any vaccination.     

In some districts, the number of children who missed vaccination has increased. The Ministry has informed that vaccination has been started for the children who missed out on the previous immunization programmes since the measles and rubella epidemic also appeared. The Ministry has also requested the parents and bodies concerned to go to the nearest health office to vaccinate their children who have missed and to help such children in the neighbourhood to go to the vaccination centres as well.     

The Ministry has stated that all children should be fully vaccinated as no one would be safe from various diseases and health issues until they are fully vaccinated. (RSS)