Negligence won’t be tolerated during anti-measles drive: CM


Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday said negligence would not be tolerated during anti-measles drive in 12 districts of the province.
Shahbaz directed officials concerned making a special anti-measles drive which started on Monday a success. He also appealed to parents to cooperate with vaccination teams.
In a directive to the provincial health department, he said no dereliction would be tolerated during the campaign as he hinted at holding audit by a third party in the vaccination campaign.
The special anti-measles campaign will continue until July 4. During the campaign, the anti-measles vaccine will be administered to 12 million children of six months to 10 years at their nearest health centres or by mobile teams. A dose of vitamin A drops will also be given to children.
Health Department official Dr Younus said that EDOs and DOs of districts concerned have been trained for this drive which would continue until July 4 in Gujranwala, Bhakkar, Sheikhupura, Okara, Kasur, Layyah, RY Khan, Lodhran, DG Khan, Faisalabad and Sargodha.
To a question on growing number of measles cases, he said that parents often do not contact doctors in case of measles and treat the child at home.
“When the child reaches critical stage they contact a doctor or rush to hospital,” he added.
He appealed to parents to approach qualified doctors without any delay as soon as symptoms of measles appear in their child.
“Proper treatment at early stage could be ensured,” adding that measles was a curable disease that could get out of control due to ignorance of people.


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