It is claimed by the researchers at Agha Khan University (AKU) that they have found a vaccine during an emergency immunization campaign in Sindh. The vaccine is quite effective against the drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid.
Since 2016, there have been over 10,000 cases that have been reported of XDR typhoid. Due to a surge in XDR typhoid cases, the Sindh’s health department will launch an emergency immunization drive in Hyderabad in 2018, in collaboration with AKU.
Over 207,000 children under 10 were administered the vaccine during the immunization campaign.
The vaccinated children were closely monitored by the researchers for the next year and a half. They found out that just one out of 10 children contracted XDR typhoid.
A pediatrics and child health professor at AKU, Dr. Farah Qamar said that a similar study is being conducted in Nepal and it’s findings verify the findings of researchers at AKU. Furthermore, it also consolidates the case for the manufacturing and distribution of the vaccine across the country.
Dr. Farah claims that many lessons have been learned by researchers from the Hyderabad campaign that will be implemented in the upcoming province-wide campaign.
The Sindh health department has planned to vaccinate children between the ages of 9 months and 15 years in the immunization campaign. This campaign will begin in the month of March.
Dr. Muhammad Saeed Akhtar Director of Expanded Program of Immunization Punjab said that the results delivered by the vaccine used in Sindh have been noticed by the department.
Soon, the Punjab government will be recommended to incorporate the vaccine in routine immunization campaign scheduled to be organized later this year.