Pakistani government with help from internationalorganization is continuing a mass vaccination drive in Karachi and other partsof Sindh which World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Pakistani doctorsdeclared safe.
WHO representative in Pakistan, Dr. Palitha GunarathnaMahipala said that “This vaccine (Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine) is pre-qualifiedby the World Health Organisation, which means that its production is rigorouslymonitored by WHO. TCV is recommended for use by WHO because it’s safe andeffective in granting the protection (against XDR typhoid)”
Similarly Aida Girma, Country Representative in Pakistan forUnited Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said “UNICEFfully endorses the Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV), a safe and efficient way toprotect children against this deadly disease”
This new vaccination is aimed to fight extensivelydrug-resistant (XDR) typhoid which affected thousands of people after anoutbreak in Hyderabad and Karachi few years ago. What makes this typhoiddifferent is that it’s highly resistant to antibiotics and can only be treatedwith one antibiotic.
It is not the first time that Pakistan is using TVC forvaccination rather previously thousands of children in Hyderabad and some areasof Karachi, such as Lyari, were vaccinated using this vaccine.
Pakistani doctors and child specialist also endorsed thisnew vaccination. Prof Khalid Shafi, the vice president of the Pakistan PediatricAssociation (PPA), ensured parents that the vaccination is absolutely safe. Hesaid ‘my daughter was the first child, who got the TCV shot in her arm’ onFriday when the vaccination drive started in Sindh.
Officials from different organization have come forward torefute the claim that TVC vaccination is not safe. The reason behind thisalleged claim was an incident which occurred in a private school in Karachi,resulting in deteriorated health of children after vaccination.
These children were brought to hospital where they weregiven first aid, but this news created panic among parents who feared that thenew vaccination is not safe. WHO, UNICEF & Pakistani Experts came forwardto refute these rumors and fears, motivating the parents to avail theopportunity of free vaccination to protect their children from typhoid.