Report GH Farooqui
CHITRAL, April 27: A meeting of heads of all departments and leaders of political parties and civil society representatives with District Coordination Officer Rahmatullah Wazir in the chair discussed the forthcoming mother and child week in the district.
Dr Ibrahim Khan, the district coordinator for National Programme, briefed the meeting about the week-long door-to-door campaign. During the mpaign from May 2 to 8, awareness would be raised among the masses about mother and child health and measures to protect them from several diseases.
Dr Khan said the campaign had four objectives to vaccinate all children under the age of 5 years to save them from seven diseases, to deworm children from two to five years of age by providing them free of cost medicines, all pregnant women would be injected TT vaccine while all lady health workers and lady health supervisors and other health staff working in different health units will create health education and awareness among the masses about mother and child health to minimize mortality ratio.
They will also impart health education regarding different diseases like whooping cough, TB, measles, diphtheria, polio, tetanus and Hepatitis B. He said Hepatitis B was not included in the campaign because its injections were being provided only at specific centers. But women and children would be vaccinated to save them from the six diseases.
For this purpose, 483 lady health workers, 20 lady health supervisors and health staff at all health unit will participate in the campaign to eradicate these diseases from Chitral. The DCO asked Dr Gulzar Ahmad, A children specialist, to prepare a work plan and to follow the same for success of the campaign.