FAISALABAD
Two more children have died of measles in Allied Hospital here on Wednesday.According to media reports, with the death of two children, the death toll from contagious measles has reached to 77 in the city over the past three months. According to experts measles is caused by the virus, a single-stranded, negative-sense enveloped RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus within the family Paramyxoviridae. Humans are the natural hosts of the virus as there is no animal reservoir in this connection. This highly contagious virus is spread by coughing and sneezing via close personal contact or direct contact with secretions.Rs200m vaccine provided for anti-measles swoop: The Health Department has supplied anti-measles vaccine, worth millions of rupees, to 12 district of the province for the upcoming campaign against the contagious disease which has claimed hundreds of lives so far.As per detail, the vaccine will be used in 12 districts of Punjab in regard to the scheduled campaign. On the other hand, to the prevailing severe hot weather and unbearable power loadshedding have raised the chances of the vaccine becoming ineffective.According to officials, in the first phase of anti-measles campaign launched by the Punjab government vaccine will be administered in districts of Kasur, Okara, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Gujranwala, Sheikehupura, and Faisalabad. Source in the Health Department said that vaccine worth Rs200 million had been provided to each district in this regard. The vaccine remains workable after being kept in freezers for 8 hours.The Health Department has also purchased freezers under LIR programme in this connection.Transporters warned: SSP Motorway Police Multan Ch Ghulam Jaffar has warned the transporters to abide by traffic laws as the Motorway Police have adopted zero tolerance policy towards over speeding and overloading.Talking to a delegation of transporters here on Wednesday, the SSP further asked the transporters to direct the drivers of their vehicles not utilise second lane consistently as the second lane was meant for just overtaking. He added that all the drivers must possessed appropriate driving license, asking the transporters to inspect the driving techniques of their drivers carefully. “If they need any training, send them to the driving schools of Motorway Police. We’re running four schools in Multan to produce good drivers,” he added. He said that if the transporters had any complaint about any officer of Motorway Police they could directly contact him. Earlier, addressing a meeting of officers of Multan range.