Please include mumps vaccine in EPI
Measles, Mumps and Rubella - all these three diseases are contagious and quite common in our country. The ill effects of these diseases as well as their complications are so severe that people who contrive these diseases suffer their effects for a long period of time; for instance, mumps has very bad complications including inflammation of testes in males and ovaries in females as a result of which many people in our country suffer from sterility in the long run.
But to our utter disappointment, our Department of Health has not included the mumps vaccine in the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI). Rather they have included only measles and rubella vaccines in their vaccination programme. Had the government added the mumps vaccination to the programme, thousands of children, especially the underprivileged ones could have preventive measures against this contagious disease. So, our earnest request to the government is to include mumps vaccine, that is MMR vaccines instead of MR vaccines in EPI.
Dr. Ahmad Munir Hussain
Medical Officer, AUST, Dhaka
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