The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is an immunization program that aims to protect children and pregnant women to reduce the mortality rate against ten preventable infections.
Pakistan’s work for EPI is commendable however the difficulties and requirements on the ground are sufficiently critical, consequently, the country is doing more to meet the usual benchmarks.
In KP, JICA has held hands with the Department of Health in its effort program. The program has recognized difficult areas of KP and tries to (1) Bring the immunization administrations at the doorway step of the objective populace, (2) Demand creation and social preparation for the inoculation, and (3) Capacity working of the public authority authorities for further developing the administration framework including checking and assessment.
As a team with JICA, broad phases of preparation have been granted to the vaccinators for administration conveyance, and materials were delivered for mindfulness and request creation. The exercises of the venture proceed with un-prevented despite limitations forced by COVID 19.
With more than 14 years of involvement as an EPI Technician, Mr. Saifullah Khan lauds the drive of JICA to join the effort program for EPI. He trusts that the “EPI outreach program has worked on throughout timeframe and the new continuous mediation by JICA is delivering profits.” Mr. Saifullah accepts that JICA supported phases of preparation have “made the vaccinators more mindful with regards to immunizations the board, organization and the observing have worked on a ton.” He accepts that social assembly apparatuses made with help of JICA have “sharpened individuals a ton and made our occupation similarly simple”.
This initiative by the government of Pakistan is to be appreciated – because in times like these – with the Corona Virus breathing down at our necks, we must do all we can to stay safe. This also means getting vaccinated. However, this is impossible for everyone in Pakistan, mainly because some people are hesitant to go, and some do not have the means to go. Some from rural areas do not know about this vaccination. Hence, we want to thank the government of Pakistan for this bold initiative – and hope that this pandemic gets over soon.