Measles outbreak: Over 14,000 children affected in Punjab

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LAHORE: At least ten children have died during the last two days in Punjab as the overall death toll from the measles outbreak rose to 117 in the province. Over 14,000 children are suffering from the disease in Punjab and the Lahore High Court has summoned a report over the rising number of measles cases.

According to the Punjab Health Department, during the last 48 hours five children in the Children’s Hospital, four in Mayo Hospital and one child in the Jinnah Hospital lost the battle to measles in Lahore.

The death toll at the Children’s Hospital over the last month has risen to 57, 54 in Mayo Hospital and 7 in Jinnah Hospital.

Caretaker Prime Minister Najam Sethi has directed concerned departments to take all necessary steps to control the outbreak of measles.

Meanwhile, during the hearing of the measles death case, Justice Khalid Mahmood remarked that the spread of the disease despite the vaccination drive was a great cause of concern. The LHC has summoned concerned officials from the provincial health department along with the record on May 29.