Via The Express Tribune: Measles takes lives of 157 children. Excerpt:
It’s not just polio. Pakistan is suffering from another outbreak of measles that has taken the lives of 157 children so far. The intensity of the spread of measles has significantly increased, with 727 confirmed cases this year alone. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh are the worst hit.
In Sindh, there were cases of measles and ensuing child deaths for the second consecutive year. Health experts say that measles kill children in the province mainly due to malnutrition.
In February and March this year, Sindh launched a measles vaccination drive aiming to inoculate 3.9 million children between the ages of nine months and 10 years. “We have achieved our target, up to 103% as the population has increased after the last census in 1998,” said the provincial head of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) programme, Dr Mazhar Khamisani. “The situation is under control now.”