Newsmen asked to highlight importance of immunization to save new born from deadly diseases

PESHAWAR: Journalist community has been urged to highlight importance of immunization in saving millions of new-born from deadly diseases.

“Immunization averts an estimated two to three million death every year from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whopping cough) and measles,” said Qamar-ul-Islam Siddique, a Public Health Specialist.

Speaking at a workshop arranged for newsmen on Thursday at Peshawar Press Club by Pakistan CSOs Coalition for Health & Immunization (PCCHI), Qamar said an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if global vaccination coverage improves.

Global vaccination coverage, the proportion of the world’s children who receive recommended vaccines, has stalled over the past few years, he added.

During 2016, about 86 percent of infants worldwide (116.5 million infants) received three doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP 3) vaccine, protecting them against infectious diseases that can cause serious illness and disability or fatality.

Qamar said immunization is very important for protecting our new generation from such diseases and this can be achieved by raising awareness among parents.

He said journalist community can play very important role in creating awareness among people so that every child is get immunized.

Qamar said for achieving 100 immunization in the country, every citizen has to play his role by keeping a vigil eye on newly born children in their family and neighbourhood.

He said Pakistan is the one of only three endemic countries in the world still struggling to eradicate polio.

The reason behind refusal of parents in immunization against polio is misconceptions which can be removed with the help of media, he added.