Measles vaccination drive may fail

KARACHI: President Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Sindh Haleem Aadil Sheikh on Sunday warned Sindh government that if vaccination centers in Thatta are not given exemption from electricity load-shedding, the anti-measles campaign in the area may fail.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club, he said that measles epidemic had spread in Thatta and Sindh government was going to start vaccination drive from May 19, but the same might fail due to frequent load-shedding in the area as the vaccines need to be kept in zero temperature to remain safe.

He said that State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali had raised electricity load shedding Sindh. “If Chief Minister Sindh does not contact Prime Minister forthwith in this regard, the vaccination drive may fail,,” he added.

He said that 85 children had died of measles in Thatta last year while presently hundreds of children were suffering from it.

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