Child vaccination mandatory in Lahore for birth certificate and school admission

- Pakistani

In Pakistan, the Punjab Health Department made compulsory the vaccination of measles, polio, hepatitis and TB, for children in Lahore city.

Punjab Health Department has decided that those Parents who do not have proof of having their children vaccinated for polio, measles, hepatitis and TB will not be issued birth certificates and these children will not be allowed to get admission in schools for their studies.

These decisions are being made in a meeting that was chaired by the Lahore DCO Noorul Ameen Mengal. He issued orders in this regard to all union councils in the city Lahore.

It was observed that numerous deaths had happened due to measles, polio, hepatitis and TB.

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It is also decided that Schools across the city will also be informed that children without proper vaccinations should not be admitted under any conditions.

The DCO said that an awareness campaign will be launched throughout Punjab in order to guide the people.

On the first step this campaign will be implemented in Lahore and if it remains successful, it will be implemented throughout the province (Punjab).

In Punjab more than 1,000 cases of measles have been detected, particularly in Lahore. Pakistan had 20,000 polio cases in 1994. In 2012 this number has been reduced to just 56 due to strong vaccination efforts.

Punjab Health Special Secretary Babar Hayat Tarar directed the officials of the Health Department to use their capabilities and work hard in order to control the spread of measles, polio and TB as well as he further suggest the officials to improve the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) for children.

The Health special secretary suggest the health officers to make sure that these decisions are being implemented that are taken in the commissioner’s conference held under the chairmanship of the Punjab chief secretary, to control the spread of measles.

This is really an effective initiative that is taken by City Government of Lahore. Such steps are needed to aware the people about the importance of these vaccinations.

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