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UNICEF lauds UAE's support for vaccination campaign in Pakistan

posted on 24/11/2005: 597 views

Islamabad - With support from the UAE Red Crescent Society(RCS), UNICEF is implementing an emergency programme to vaccinate 800,000 children in the earthquake affected areas in Pakistan .

The campaign will protect children from cold and diseases and will ensure sending them back to temporary schools with plans to work for their resettlement in places of origin after winter, of UNICEF Representative in Pakistan Omar Abdi said here Wednesday. He said UNICEF had received 50 tents for use as temporary schools from the UAE Red Crescent team who visited UNICEF offices in Islamabad.

Abdi added that the UAE has been a great supporter of the emergency programme which UNICEF is implementing in the affected areas. He revealed that UNICEF had received $500,000 from the UAE Government for vaccination of children against measles. An agreement to this effect was signed in Abu Dhabi last Saturday.

He added that RCS team is to provide more tents for temporary schools. Abdi noted that his office received from the UAE Government 3000 sets of warm clothes for the children and expects to get more clothes and sanitation items.

He lauded the participation of a RCS medical team with other Government and UNICEF teams going to all villages to vaccinate children. The current campaign, he said, will see vaccination of 800, 000 children between 6 months and 15 years who are more at risk to deadly measles.

He added that situation in the affected areas is improving, thanks to the assistance of various countries like UAE. UNICEF will focus on the resettlement issue after winter, he said, adding that people have to be taken back to their villages to start their life again, to get education and to be protected from exploitation. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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