28 kids die of measles in S. Pakistan over last 2 weeks

28 kids die of measles in S. Pakistan over last 2 weeks
# 15 December 2012 17:44 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A six-year-old girl died of measles in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 28 over the last two weeks, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Local Urdu TV channel Dunya quoted hospital sources as saying that the disease broke out in the children of one to seven years of age during the last week of October in the Upper Sindh areas which were affected by floods earlier in August and September this year.

District Health Officer (DHO), Dr Abdul Fatah Bughio said that he could not verify the number of deaths, however, over one hundred cases of measles have been reported from Upper Sindh.

He said that insanitation, unhygienic food and poverty topped the causes of measles in the affected areas.

Measles is highly contagious and it spreads by a virus that is preventable by proper immunization but the disease became fatal in the province due to negligence of the health authorities.

Talking to media, families of the affected kids said that the concerned authorities did not provide any relief to them, and the stagnant rain water is still surrounding their houses even after the passage of three months which is causing diseases among the children.

Professor Dr Saifullah Jamro, a senior medician at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University, said that 2,143 cases of measles have been confirmed across the country since 2012.

This is the second major outbreak of the disease in Sindh since the beginning of this year. Earlier in June, World Health Organization (WHO) said that an estimated of 27 children under five years old died due to measles in the province.