Strategic plan for immunisation launched

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Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarrar has launched the comprehensive Multi Year Strategic Plan for Immunization (CMYP) 2014-2018.

The plan CMYP is a package of nine separate comprehensive Multi -Year plan documents developed with mutual consultation of federal and provincial governments and development partners for all EPI entities at federal, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, AJK, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA and Islamabad.

The plan presents a financial framework linking availability of resources with immunization performance targets.

The plan provides an overall description of achievements and expected developments in immunization by consolidating sub-national CMYP into one narrative and effecting cohesion and synergized working of all stakeholders across the country.

“Each Plan has been developed in line with local needs proposing locally appropriate solutions,” the minister said while addressing the launching ceremony.

She said the exercise served as an opportunity for federal and provincial health personnel to work together with collective nationwide wisdom.

She said the Ministry is committed to increasing immunization coverage, improving sustainability of immunization services, improving public perception about immunization and introduction of new vaccine such as Rota and PCV for children.

She said this comprehensive plan is a part of the wider commitment for saving lives through immunization. Highlighting importance and significance of this initiative, the minister said this will make immunization programme more vibrant and effective. She urged monitoring and accountability as government has spent hundreds of millions rupees on immunization. She said unfortunately daily 600 children die of different disease and the government wants to bring this ratio very low.