LAHORE -

Three more children passed away at different hospitals on Wednesday, owing to measles.

Muhammad Shehzad, 1, a resident of Badami Bagh, and Ali Saeed, 4, of Dil Mohammad Road breathed their last at Mayo hospital while Muhammad Hussain, 5, of Shahdara died at Children’s Hospital.

Increasing measles patients continued to approach public sector and private hospitals in the city. On Wednesday, 134 new measles patients were admitted to different hospitals in Lahore. Out of these new cases, 35 were reported from Children’s Hospital, 34 Mayo Hospital and 65 from different public sector and private hospitals in the City.

Five minors registered at Gujranwala: As measles goes unabated, five more infected children have been admitted to the District Hospital.

Reportedly, Arina one and a half years old, Ayesha-5, Hamid-3, Ansar two and a half years old and Azan, eight months old were reported to have been brought to District Hospital.

Saleema routine immunization essential

Caretaker Health Minister Punjab Salima Hashmi on Wednesday stressed upon improving routine immunization coverage for elimination of diseases.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Global Immunization and Mother Child Health Week at Children’s Hospital, she said that preventive vaccination was fundamental right of every child and mother. Director General Health Punjab Dr Tavir Ahmed, Dean Institute of Child Health Prof Tahir Masood, Medical Director Children’s Hospital Dr Ahsan Rathor, Prof Tariq Bhutta, Prof Sajid Maqbool Khan, representatives of UNICEF, World Health Organization as well as Provincial Coordinator of Lady Health Worker Programme Dr Akhtar Rashid Malik and other senior doctors were present on the occasion.  Salima Hashmi said that deadly diseases were resurfacing due to failure in achieving routine immunization coverage targets and lack of preventive vaccination coverage.

She said that it was regrettable that one child out of every ten die in Pakistan before the age of five. She said that media had given rights awareness to the masses adding that resources which should have been utilized on health sector have not been made available. She observed that children, pregnant women and mothers were suffering from diseases because of non-availability of balanced diet.

 “During Global Immunization and Mother & Child Health Week, 48000 lady health workers and over 5000 community workers would participate in various activities from April 24 to 30, along with apprising women and children’s health to the citizens by visiting door to door”, she said.

Adding that a special campaign for the eradication of measles would be launched during this week, in which measles prevention vaccination would be made available to children from six months to ten years of age.

She said that the lady health workers would also visit door to door and provide anti-worm tablets to 7 million children for their better growth.