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 Hepatitis-B Vaccination Campaign From January 2002 - Lauded by UNICEF

Islamabad, December 4, 2001.
UNICEF will help Pakistan in the provision of safe potable water through
out the country and special assistance will be provided for safe water
digging in drought hit areas of Balochistan and Sindh. This was said by
Executive Director of UNICEF Ms. Micarol Bellamy during a meeting with the Health Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Kasi here today. E.D. of UNICEF is currently on a visit to Pakistan. She said, the EPI programme is going on well and UNICEF will provide more assistance for the control mortality rate of child and mother. She said all the projects regarding maternal health would be further strengthened.
The evaluation of on-going projects in the health sector assisted by UNICEF were discussed in detail. Ms. Mascarol said that it was a big news for her that Pakistan is launching a vaccination campaign in all the 57 districts of the country to save children from Hepatitis-B alongwith polio-drops and vitamin-A.  She said, UNICEF always stresses the protection of child and mother, it is good that campaign is being launched from January 2002.
She also appreciated the efforts made in 44 districts to give anti-tetanus
vaccine to all the 5 million child-bearing age women.  The Minister told the
E.D. that at present 44000 Lady Health Workers are working in the 44000 villages of the country. It is a very good referral system, all the serious cases of child and mother especially are referred to nearly hospitals.
Government is going to raise this figure to 10,000. The Lady Health Workers are also educating the women about the health care and use of safe water beside advice on family planning.
Ms. Mscarol remarked that this programme perused promptly would yield very good results. She said, so far as safe potable is concerned, UNICEF would assist hectically. It has its own system of engineering for the purpose and UNICEF will provide maximum assistance, she added.
The Minister appreciated the role played by UNICEF in the drought hit areas in Balochistan and Sindh in the past and pointed out that for the resolution this issue in the drought area permanent arrangements are required. He hoped UNICEF will provide full cooperation. The role of UNICEF in creating awareness about the use of safe water is also appreciable.
Secretary Health Mr. Ejaz Rahim said that the programme will save the
people and the children from HIV AIDS with the 46 million dollars assistance of World Bank is being implemented successfully. He said, to check the spread of Virhal and contiguous diseases there should be a strong linkage between the women and children of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was also thankful to the role of Global Alliance vaccine immunization for providing Hepatitis-B vaccine and Vitamine-A drops.

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