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Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed during his visit to the districts affected by measles virus on Monday ordered that all children aged between nine months and 10 years should be given anti-measles vaccination.
The minister suspended Shikarpur Health EDO Dr Qazi Khursheed, Larkana and Sukkur district health officers and Salehpat health town officer for negligence in their professional responsibilities. The health minister, who had been on an extensive visit to the affected areas during the last few days, had asked the concerned officials to ensure availability of doctors and paramedics at government hospitals around the clock.
The minister also met parents of measles-affected children and urged them to notify the symptoms of the ailment to other people in their localities so that all parents get their children vaccinated as soon as possible.
He also urged officials of Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) to ensure that children and their parents are adequately facilitated “The anti-measles campaign currently undergoing in Sukkur, Khairpur, Larkana, Kambar, Kashmore and Jacobabad will be fool-proof,” he said. All the 395 sites and 668 mobile teams constituted to run the campaign in the affected districts had been ordered to report to their seniors on day-to-day basis regarding developments.
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