According to a recent news report, the increase in child measles deaths in the Pakistani province of Sindh, is quite alarming. The apparent reasons would be the unsanitary conditions in most of the areas of the country and lack of proper healthcare resources but a major chunk of the blame goes to the people and their misconception about the vaccination process.
Although many campaigns have been set up for the extermination of diseases in children, people, especially in rural areas, fear vaccination for some reason. They have this view that the whole idea of injecting or taking polio (or for that matter) any other medicine will cause infertility in the people which of course, is a reflection of their ignorance towards health education.
Not only this, the recent killings of polio workers in Pakistan including the bombing of the house of a polio worker in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the killing of seven teachers, six women and a man, working at an NGO-operated schoolare an indicator of how serious the situation is getting day by day. The mindset of people has to be changed through education and awareness of the fact that these vaccines have no harmful effects on the health of their children; instead, these are necessary to keep them immune from different diseases.
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Diseases like polio and measles need proper vaccination because they can spread through different mediums. If not treated and allowed to propagate, the virus can cause disabilities and even death in case of measles.
Many campaigns have been run in Pakistan to raise the awareness regarding vaccinations. A special door-to-door service with lady health workers was ensured so that the process of vaccination might become easier for women who do not have resources to get to the hospitals. But the recent killing spree of the health workers has dampened their and other’s spirit. The situation doesn’t seem to be getting better.
Children in rural areas are already deprived of basic health care and if they are further deprived of free vaccinations provided by the government and NGOs, they will not be able to combat such deadly diseases. It is their right to be vaccinated and people who are working against health campaigns must be arrested as they are causing hindrance in a process in which the innocent lives of children are at stake.
According to the report released, ‘306 children died in Pakistan of measles in 2012, compared to 64 the year before’. The main reason for the huge increase in numbers is simply the ignorance of people and their bogus concepts about vaccination. If people will continue to eye vaccination with suspicion then infectious diseases like polio and measles etc. will never be eradicated.