RANGPUR, March 26, 2015 (BSS) - Health experts have stressed for
immunising the under one-year babies with Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) and Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) to prevent pneumococcal pneumonia and many deadly diseases.
They were addressing the advocacy meeting jointly organised by Health and Education for the Less Privileged Population (HELP) and Civil Surgeon Office at Sadar Upazila Health Complex auditorium in the city on Wednesday.
The Directorate General of Health Services under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, World Health Organisation (WHO) extended cooperation in arranging the day-long advocacy meeting for successful introduction of the two new vaccines.
They were addressing the workshop on 'Introduction of PCV and IPV in Routine EPI Programmes' organised by the district health administration at the conference room of the Civil Surgeon in the city on Sunday afternoon.
Deputy Divisional Director (Health) Dr Rejaul Islam attended and addressed the advocacy workshop as the chief guest with Sadar Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr Salah Uddin Mahmud in the chair.
Civil Surgeon of Rangpur Dr Mozammel Hossain, Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Priyosindhu Talukder, Sadar Upazila Family Planning Officer Nazmul Huda and Surveillance Medical Officer of the WHO for Rangpur division Dr Shamim Hossain and Medical Officer Dr Ruhul Amin addressed as the special guests.
The divisional, district and upazila level health officials, physicians of different government departments, hospitals and health complexes, civil society members, professionals and local elite took part.
The health experts narrated importance of introducing immunisation of PCV and IPV with the routine EPI (extended programme of immunisation) for under one-year age group babies to save them from many deadly diseases.
The babies will be immunised six times between 6 to 18 weeks age to save them from meningitis, burning of blood, sinus, ear and respiratory organs, pneumococcal pneumonia, measles and rubella, homophiles influenza B, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and other diseases.
The chief guest directed all concerned for introducing the PCV and IPV with the routine EPI programmes through immunising these two new vaccines to all of the under one-year age group babies at the immunisation centres of the district.