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Civil society, media should play an effective role in celebrating WIW: Dr Plaitha Mahipala

By our staff reporter

MITHI: World Health Organization representative Dr Plaitha Mahipala inaugurated the World Week for Immunization at Mithi Civil Hospital and attended the awareness rally on the occasion Director General Sindh Jaman Bhutta, Director General EPI Program Dr. Irshad Memon, Deputy Commissioner Tharparkar, Mohammad Nawaz Sohoo, Sara Salman, Head of WHO Sindh, District Health Officer (DHO) Tharparkar, Dr. Pir Ghulam Hussain, Additional District Health Officer, Dr. Cheno Mal, Dr. Bhar Kumar. Dr. Zahid Mahmood Arain, MS Civil Hospital and others were accompanying him during his visit to Thar.

Speaking to the civil society and the media on the occasion, he said that the World Health Organization had always been and would continue to cooperate for the betterment of the health sector and added that the World Health Organization is a globally celebrated World Immunization Week from April 24 to April 30 every year.

This year is being celebrated with the title of Long Life with Immunization. He said that with the co-operation of the Tharparkar district health Department and district administration had been possible to achieve success in various sectors of health, especially COVID-19 vaccination. Dr. Plaitha Mahipala emphasized on civil society and the media to play an effective role in celebrating World Immunization Week so that more children could be protected from various diseases.

Dr. Palitha also appreciated the performance of DHO Dr. Pir Ghulam Hussain regarding achievement of targets of Covid-19 vaccination process.

Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary Health and MPA Qasim Siraj Soomro said that basically every department of health had its own responsibilities, from the primary health centers to the affiliated hospital and the district headquarters hospital, which would treat the incoming patients.

“The department of health has the responsibility to provide therapeutic facilities. The government is making every effort to improve the health sector with the help of the World Health Organization” he added and said that there were plans to provide mother and child health facilities to 55 government dispensaries in Tharparkar district, out of which 24 dispensaries were already active.

On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Tharparkar Mohammad Nawaz Sohoo said that with the possible cooperation of the World Health Organization in Tharparkar district not only the condition of hospitals including government dispensaries has improved, after which Dr. Plaitha Mahipala also participated in an awareness rally. The DHO Dr. Pir Ghulam Hussain informed that from 24th to 30th April week would be observed throughout the district including the awareness programs, walks and community sessions would also be arranged.

He said that ‘defaulter’ children would also be vaccinated against the different viral infections.


Later on, the World Health Organization representative visited Government Dispensary Malihar in connection with handing over 10 dispensaries to Health Tharparkar in Tharparkar district. Earlier, a ceremony was also held at the District Health Office in which 10 dispensaries from the district Tharparkar handed over to the health department which were renovated and repaired on the expenses of WHO.

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