Two more die of measles

Published Jan 31, 2013 12:19am

LAHORE, Jan 30: Two more children died of measles in Lahore on Wednesday taking the death toll to five in January.

Health Department sources said one-year-old Zubair died at Children’s Hospital and five-year-old Eman at Mayo Hospital due to measles complications.

Also, another three dozen children suffering from measles were shifted to hospitals of the city.

The number of measles-affected children is increasing day by day that shows the disease has taken an ugly turn towards epidemic.

Over 400 measles-related cases have surfaced in January in the Punjab capital.

Young Doctors Association, Pakistan, Secretary-General Dr Salman Kazmi, in a statement held the chief secretary, the director general of health, the EPI programme director and the health secretary responsible for the deaths and demanded their resignations.

The statement said a preventable disease’s epidemic had exposed the good governance of the Punjab rulers.

He announced moving the Lahore High Court against the Punjab government which, according to him, did not declare measles an epidemic.

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