Reported by: Riku Amir Written by: Raj Abrar
To eradicate Measles from a country 95% children should be vaccinated, said by World Health Organization (WHO) even though according to the EPI Evaluation Report 2015 done by WHO and UNICEF says only 87% children gets vaccinated in the country. According to the information from the EPI the number of children without vaccination in 2014 was 760,667. In 2015 it increased to 1382, 127. Last year it was 1969,857. This year’s data could be found, but the EPI employees said its not less than 500,000. All together the accumulated number of these children is at least 25lac. They are getting infected and its spreading from them.
Even though it was the target of the Health Ministry to include 95% children under vaccination by 2016 it wasn’t fulfilled. Vaccine experts said, every child has different strength in immune system in their body, it is natural. Not getting the vaccine, vaccine not working properly against the disease are making it difficult to achieve the goal, thus getting affected. Mohd. Jahangir Alam Sarker, the designated director of EPI, Health Directorate said, in 2014 campaign from January to February, every children were vaccinated for Measles and Rubela (MR). But children who missed the vaccine campaign or with weak immune system, increased rapidly. Accumulated number of children is now huge. But a plan is being processed to include every child under vaccination by 2018.
Nayeemul Islam khan
ENA SHAKUR'S EMARAT 19/3 Bir Uttam Qazi Nuruzzaman Sarak. West Panthapath (Beside Square Hospital)Dhaka.