800 cases of measles reported in Punjab


During a surveillance drive, 800 cases of measles were reported in different parts of Punjab, a majority of which were reported from Lahore, Punjab EPI Director Health Services Dr Tanveer Ahmed said on Tuesday.
“Only one death, that of a five-year-old boy, Sohail, was reported in Gujranwala. On investigation, it was found that the boy was vaccinated but due some other reasons, he did not become immune to the disease,” he said.
“A majority of the patients who live in Lahore have actually migrated from Narowal, Sheikhupura and Kasur,” he said.
He said in a meeting of the health department, it was decided that the vaccination and surveillance drive should be escalated to control the disease.
Dr Tanveer said measles vaccination was available in bulk to treat patients in all the hospitals of Lahore.
However, he advised parents to get their children vaccinated to save them from the fatal disease.