Vaccines for children, A thriving black market

As the gov. has turned an absolutely a blind eye towards increasing concerns related to health & are busy in grand scheme dreams, Incomes this worrying picture by Sidra Rafique Gooda about major vaccines for children missing from the market and no one knows about it or putting it sarcastically not bothering to know about it. She says the health department seems ignorant & she could only manage doctors for any response.

“The scarcity of basic children’s vaccines in the market has made many parents question the government’s initiatives on immunization and spawned a huge black market, according to investigations by The News. Dubious and sub-standard vaccines have flooded the market in various cities of Pakistan as a result of the government’s insistence that the public sector should be responsible for standardized inoculation. Vaccines that are used as part of children’s immunization are usually not available in public sector hospitals and anxious parents have to resort to buying vaccines from a growing black market which does not assure quality or efficacy, doctors say. “

Stats for whole South Asia are worrisome but & WHO stats depict Pakistan as just an improved version of Afghanistan. In fact we spend 2.4% of GDP on health & Afghanistan spends 6%.

“What is worse is the fact that the prices of these vaccines are usually out of the reach of the common man. Haemophilus influenza type b Bacteria (Hib) vaccines cost Rs 1,000 per dose. Similarly the vaccine for Hepatitis A, a very common disease, costs Rs1,350 per dose while Pneumonia vaccines cost a whopping Rs4,200 per dose (four doses are normally given). These prices are out of the reach of most ordinary families” >
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2 Comments so far

  1. Neena (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    It’s very thought provoking and we are talking about a country where general health care is supposedly being free for all citizens. All basic vaccines for kids should be readily available regardless of their parent’s social status. BTW I hear Polio is still a nuisance in some parts of Pakistan and few retards are taking away the right of a Parent to vaccinate them with it. God forbid if someone in this cleric family is hit by polio.

  2. MB (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    I heard that too
    Those regards/ aka taliban minds wont let anyone progress

    Its so sad that POLIO which is suppose to be finished up everywhere is here for some time….

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