The measles and rubella immunisation drive will be launched by the Sindh government from Nov 15. The government plans to inoculate 18.6 million children in homes, public, private and informal schools, as well as religious institutions. A staff of 160,000 trained workers will be deployed.

Speaking to Dawn news at the Karachi Press Club, Prof Jamal Raza, former director of the National Institute of Child Health and currently the executive director of Sindh Institute of Child Health, said this year, there were 8,357 reported cases of measles infection in the country with 127 deaths.

The nationwide campaign, part of a global initiative for elimination of measles and rubella, will end on Nov 27 in the country.

The campaign, which is supported by Unicef and the World Health Organisation is also being highlighted by the media to raise awareness.

“The campaign will cover 43,026 public and 20,872 private schools, besides 8,649 madressahs and 1,380 informal schools.

The vaccines will be available free of cost at public health facilities and outreach sites.

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