In a major breakthrough, Pakistan becomes the first country to launch new vaccine to combat Typhoid
In the year 2017, 63% of typhoid cases were documented and 70% of the victims were children.
As per the officials, Pakistan has now become the first country in the world to introduce a new typhoid vaccine, as the country gets flooded with the outbreak of a drug-resistant strain of a fatal disease.
The vaccine has been approved by the WHO (World Health Organization), and it will be used in Sindh during the two-week immunization campaign.
Pakistan’s Sindh has the most number of typhoid cases reported on a yearly basis. The number of cases of typhoid in the province has been 10,000 since 2017.
“The two-week campaign beginning from today would target over 10 million children of nine months to 15 years of age.” – said Azra Pechuho, the health minister in Sindh province, on Friday.
These vaccines have been provided to Pakistan, totally free of cost by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
After this two week campaign, the vaccine will be introduced into the routine immunizations in not only Sindh but also other parts of the country in the upcoming years.
Pakistan spends quite a little amount of its resources on public health, hence, a majority of the citizens are sensitive to numerous contagious diseases, like typhoid, etc.
As reported by a joint press release from the Pakistani government, in the year 2017, 63% of typhoid cases were documented and 70% of the victims were children.
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