Expanded Programme on Immunization
The Expanded Programme on Immunization was launched in February 1983 in Gilgit Baltistan with the aim to protect the children from vaccine preventable diseases. At present program is offering vaccines for 10 vaccine preventable disease Diphtheria, Pertussis, Neonatal Tetanus, Diarrhea, Pneumonia, Measles, Poliomyelitis, Childhood Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and Haemophilus Influenza type B by immunization. Children constitute most important segment of country. They need special attention and protection. As such, the Government of Gilgit Baltistan has accorded high priority to preventive programme of EPI, as the diseases covered under the programme are major killers and threat to children.
The basic objective is the reduction of morbidity and mortality resulting from the eight EPI target diseases by immunization of children of less then one year of age and pregnant women. The specific objectives of program are align with the emerging global priorities:
- 90% routine immunization coverage of all antigens with at least 80% coverage in every district.
- Indigenous wild Polio virus transmission interrupted.
- 90% reduction in measles morbidity and mortality compared to the 2010 level to reach elimination status by 2025.
- Elimination of Neonatal Tetanus by 2025
- Appropriate sharps waste management in every district.
- Maintenance of Polio free status in Gilgit Baltistan by good routine immunization plus activities & PEI with quality surveillance system.