Over two dozen children suffering from measles

SHIKARPUR – Cases of children contracting measles have been reported from some parts of Shikarpur district as three children lost their lives at Madeji in the last week while two other children reportedly died at Taluka Lakhi Ghulam Shah and Madeji Town on Thursday.

It is said that at least two dozen children are suffering from measles at Lakhi Ghulam and Madeji town of the district.

Abdur Razzaq Mahar, father of deceased Aafia, and Naimatullah Mahar, father of deceased Farhana, both residents of Lakhi Ghulam Shah, claimed that two dozen more children were suffering from measles, but it seemed as if the health department had no plan to cope with its spread.

It is worth mentioning here that in the previous week three children, namely Anam Baby, 03, daughter of Bhoral Shaikh, resident of village Bukhsho Ujan, Samia, a five-year-old girl, daughter of Sanaullah Brohi, resident of village Fakirpur and one other child had died due to measles, it was learnt.

When the District Health Officer [DHO] Shikarpur Dr Shoukat Memon was contacted by this scribe, he said that it is not in his knowledge that the children had actually died owing to measles, but he assured that he would himself look into the matter. The villagers Rahib Ali Mahar, Khudad Khan Mahar, Abdur Razaque Mahar, Naimatullah Mahar and others demanded the higher officials take notice of the spreading disease and send mobile teams to the affected villages for treating the children. It is also worth mentioning here that Deputy Commissioner Shikarpur Syed Hassan Raza, during a meeting held on November 5, 2017, had rebuked the health officials when many cases of measles had been reported from several villages of Khanpur tehsil. He had also issued directives to administer measles vaccine to the affected children.

The deputy commissioner had also informed the meeting that there were 62 health centers where 110 vaccinators had been posted, but despite that the vaccinators had failed to administer anti-measles drops to the children due to which cases of measles had been reported.

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