Pakistan Becomes First Country in the World to Launch Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine

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Pakistan has become the first country in the world to launch a vaccine against drug-resistant typhoid. Typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) is introduced in Pakistan in its routine immunization program.

In response to the outbreak of typhoid in Sindh back in Nov 2016, the Pak government has launched a vaccine.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Health Dr. Zafar Mirza said, “Children are disproportionately affected by typhoid and its associated complications, and we strongly believe that TCV would protect our children against the potentially fatal disease of Typhoid.”

Adding, “Starting with Sindh Province, where the need is most urgent, the government of Pakistan has planned a phased national introduction strategy with strong, coordinated support from global and local partners.”

Back in 2017, 70% of typhoid deaths in Pakistan were among children who were younger than 15 years. In order to prevent these deaths, phased steps will be taken starting with a two-week campaign that will target 10.1 million children.

Provincial Minister of Sindh for Health and Population Welfare Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho said, “Typhoid is a highly contagious disease that spreads more quickly and easily when people live in crowded neighborhoods with weak water and sanitation infrastructure. Beginning the vaccination in urban areas is critical in preventing the disease among the communities most at risk.”

Adding, “Typhoid is preventable. Prevention through vaccination is one of the most effective interventions to reduce typhoid infections. The TCV campaign will be conducted from 18th to 30th November in Sindh and will be followed by TCV being a part of the Routine Immunization Program in December.”

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