KANDHKOT - At least five children have died due to measles in Kandhkot district, mounting the death toll to 78 in last 27 days on Friday.

According to sources, at least four children died in Kandhkot while measles claimed another life in Daharki. The Health Ministry is providing vaccine to the affected children. However, the outbreak has not been brought under control. Emergency has also been declared in all public hospitals. According to a local hospital, as many as 72 children have been died of the disease in the current year. Affected families blamed the health department for negligence, saying no team of the department came to vaccinate the children.

On the other hand, the government said that over five million children below nine years of age in 29 districts of Sindh and Balochistan will be vaccinated against measles during the on-going campaign. The disease is caused by the measles virus, a single-stranded, negative-sense enveloped RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus within the family Paramyxoviridae. 

3 KILLED AFTER TRUCK RAMS INTO HOUSE: Three persons have been killed and as many injured in result of roof collapse after a truck rammed into a single-storey house in Malik Colony here. The dead and injured were shifted to Peoples Medical College Hospital.

According to hospital sources, the deceased have been identified as owner of the house Shaukat Jat, his eight-year-old son Muhammad Ibrahim and Jat’s mother Rafiqa Bibi.

Two women and a man sustained injuries in the incident.

REOPENING OF CLOSED SCHOOLS DEMANDED: Wahdat Network, a non-government outfit, organised a rally here on Friday for reopening of schools lying closed in District Thatta since long.

Rally started from Edhi Centre and marched to the Press Club through National Highway.

Aziz Sarwan, Rasheed Ahmed Jakhro and Rehmat Ullah Chhuto led the rally with participation of large number of students holding placards.

The speakers said that teachers were not available in 733 schools of the district due to which children were not getting education. They said that favoured people were appointed as teachers who were not interested in education. They said that literacy rate would decrease if the situation goes on in future in the district.