Huma Khawar

  • Inside the Islamabad Model School, G 10/1 the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out ticked over with practiced calm. Students queued outside the hall and entered one at a time. Meerab Hameed, a 7-year-old Grade II student handed over the white A4 size paper to the team assistant who entered the child’s ...

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  • Pakistan is the fifth most populous country of the world and an importing one when it comes to immunisation. Punjab, which comprises half the country, is the blue-eyed province with the highest immunisation coverage. With a population around 119.6 million, it is known for its comparative prosperity ...

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  • Measles is a highly contagious disease that claims one life every four minutes. Every year 100,000 children are born with malformations and disabilities caused by Rubella, according to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Measles outbreaks occur when people who are not protected from the virus are infected ...

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  • What stood between Saima’s children and their chance at getting immunisation against life-threatening diseases was the voice booming out of a handheld loudspeaker. That voice made all the difference.Of all the challenges life has thrown 24-year-old Saima’s way, a lack of awareness has ...

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  • Punjab and Islamabad made history on Monday as they achieved a big milestone and began the twelve-day typhoid introduction campaign to vaccinate children between nine months to 15 years of age in urban districts. In the prevalent pandemic conditions, the word vaccine has become synonymous with ...

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  • High temperature with heavy breathing and wheezing; nine-month old Tehreem is cuddled in her mother’s arms. Nasreen, 22, had taken her to the health house in her neighbourhood and then to the lady doctor who sits in the clinic in the main G-6 Markaz, but no one could tell her what was ...

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  • Why is Personal Protective Equipment necessary for a vaccinator? What are the Standard Operating Procedures for conducting an immunisation session? What message should be given out to the caregiver who brings the child for vaccination? Dr Nauman Ahmed Khan, Technical Officer WHO, was patiently ...

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  • Immunisation is one of the most powerful and fundamental disease prevention tools in the history of public health, these were the opening lines of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General at a press briefing last week. However, since March 2020, routine childhood immunisation services ...

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  • A recent threat and an emerging challenge faced by Islamabad the beautiful is the continuous massive population movement and the mushrooming growth of slums. Not recognized by public authorities as an integral part of the city (according to UN Habitat), these urban slums have grown significantly ...

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  • In the current global scenario, COVID-19 shows that deaths from the Coronavirus were skewed towards the elderly and the fragile. The graph going viral on global social media considers children from birth to nine years as least vulnerable and at zero risk of mortality. Well, this may not be the case ...

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