Measles claim more eight lives in Sindh


KARACHI: As many as eight children have died from vaccine-preventable disease, measles, in Sindh province while more than 100 others were also affected from this disease this year so far.

Sindh Health Services Director General Dr Akhlaq Khan said eight children have already died of measles in the province so far of which four deaths were reported from Badin and four from suburban areas of Hyderabad. He said these deaths were confirmed after clinical investigation.

Dr Khan said although all vaccines are available at the vaccination centres throughout province, unfortunately a large section of population was unaware and careless of protecting the new generation through proper vaccination consumption despite availability of the free of cost facility.

He said a seven-member committee constituted by Sindh Health Department to probe the deaths of three children and matter of severe illness of six other children will submit its report soon to the health department.

Experts say that measles is an airborne disease which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of those infected and fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes  while tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek are some major symptoms  of disease.