LAHORE – Institute of Public Health Dean Prof Maaz Ahmed has said that emergence of 3,000 measles cases showed flaws in EPI programme that must be improved.

Addressing a seminar organised by the institute to raise public awareness about measles on Tuesday, he said that rich fatty diet, high protein content and Vitamin A supplementation could reduce mortality.

Prof Ahmed said that two dozes strategy of measles vaccine, improved sanitary conditions and prevention of malnutrition could save children from measles. Prof Shahid, Prof Rubina, Prof Rabia and Dr Ujala also delivered expert lectures. Representatives of civil society, parents and students participated in the seminar.

The menace of measles continued to haunt Lahorites with increasing intensity with more and more patients coming to the City hospitals for treatment.

On February, 51 patients were admitted to different hospitals in the City, taking the overall tally till today to 527.

Out of 51 new patients, 13 were admitted to Children’s Hospital, 8 to Lahore General Hospital, 4 to Jinnah Hospital, 3 each to Services Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Mayo Hospital while 17 new patients were admitted to private healthcare centres in the City. Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar said 2,900 cases of measles have been reported from the province from December 2012 to-date out of which 99.9 per cent patients have been recovered while medical facilities have been provided from Basic Health Units to teaching hospitals level.

Briefing the media about prevailing situation and arrangements to control the menace, he said that measles epidemics was not a new thing as it has spread four times in a developed country like America last year.

Increasing demand of measles vaccine has created its shortage not only at health centres but also at private pharmacies, adding to the hardships of parents. Medical store owners admitted shortage of vaccine needed to be administered to children up to 15 months old, saying huge demand after measles outbreak has caused the drug to fly from shelves.

Upgrade: Principal of Post Graduate Medical Institute and Ameeruddin Medical College Prof Anjum Habib Vohra has said that recommendations for the upgradation of Nursing School at Lahore General Hospitals have been forwarded to the Punjab Government.

Addressing a special function arranged in connection with the golden jubilee of the Nursing School at LGH on Tuesday, he urged the nurses to play their due role in health education and eradication of diseases by perusing general public for adoption of necessary precautionary measures. Director General Nursing Punjab Rukhsana Kamal, Principal Post Graduate Nursing College Ishrat Ishaq, Principal Nursing School Raeesa Ishtiaq, Nursing Superintendent Razia Bano and a nurse student Asma Ibraheem also addressed the function. Pattern of Young Nursing Association Tauseef Khanam and senior nurses also participated.

Prof Anjum Habib Vohra said that the government has taken practical steps to ensure welfare of nurses and now they should reciprocally respond by working hard for the prestige of their profession. He stressed upon the community to continue efforts to enhance their capacity and professional skills to serve the humanity. He admired the services of alumni and senior teachers of the Nursing School and said that they have produced such a brilliant group of students that has impressed every one.  Rukhsana Kamal said that Punjab Chief Minister has regularized hundreds of nurses working on contract since long. She said that the CM has also allocated funds worth millions of rupees for this community.