Measles controlled after claiming 32 deaths in Balochistan

QUETTA, Jan 23 : At least 32 children have died of measles in Balochistan during a short span of time, however immediate response by the health department has brought situation moving from bad to worst thorough under control.

” We have a huge stock of anti-measles vaccines dispatched by the federal government as an outbreak emergency response to the deadly disease in Balochistan, said Director General Health Services Balochistan Masood Qadir Nosharwani here on Wednesday.

Talking to APP, he confirmed that measles has hit 484 children, claiming 32 lives in different parts of the province in a very short span of time.

” Federal government and other international donor agencies have donated enough vaccines to the Balochistan health department to overcome the alarming situation caused by the measles,” DG Health stressed.

He noted that as an emergency outbreak response, 35,210 children in Naseerabad district and 58,967 children in Jaffrabad district have been administered anti-measles vaccines in last couple of days while during the drive launched in 22 districts of Balochistan in December last, millions of children between the age of 10 were vaccinated against the viral disease.

To a question, Nosharwani said “there was no shortage of funds and vaccines” and teams have been dispatched without any further delay wherever the cases of measles were reported.

” Health teams have immediate outreach to the children hit by the disease in the province,” he said adding immediate response by the government has helped decline in the cases of measles. Mentioning the areas where measles caused deaths, he said that 20 children died in Naseerabad, 5 in Jaffarabad, 4 in Qilla Saifullah, 1 in Quetta and 2 in Sibi district of Balochistan.