Measles outbreak: Court to take action against Punjab CM if deaths not prevented

Lahore High Court asks Shahbaz Shairf, health department officials to submit report over the issue.

Web Desk June 11, 2013
File photo of Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: WASIM NIAZ/FILE

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday said action will be taken against Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and others responsible if deaths caused by the measles outbreak in the province are not prevented, Express News reported.

The court questioned Director General (DG) Health Punjab Dr Tanvir Ahmed about measures taken to control the damage caused by the outbreak.

The DG Health informed the court that children have been vaccinated and this will help reduce the number of deaths considerably.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the response from DG Health, the court asked Punjab CM and other health department officials to submit their reports over the issue to the court by the next hearing.

According to official reports, more than 1,500 children are suffering from measles. As many as 129 children have died in the province so far.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of measles cases in Pakistan increased from 4,000 in 2011 to 14,000 in 2012.

As many as 306 children died of measles in the country last year, most of them in flood-stricken areas.


Dr. Asad Ali | 8 years ago | Reply

Some thoughts on factors responsible for the current measles epidemic, and suggestions for the government and public with regards to its control are summarized below.

Stevenson | 8 years ago | Reply

@jibran: You obviously have not seen the Rawalpindi Cardiology Institute or the many health centres which have been set up or upgraded by Shahbaz Sharif. No one disputes that the CM's good works in Punjab are more than publicity stunts. If you were sick anywhere in Pakistan, you will want to go for treatment in Punjab. As for contageous diseases, it is pretty childish to blame one minister for outbreaks such as measles. He is working to improve things like he did when he brought Dengue under control. Are the courts going to arrest CM of KPK due to Polio outbreaks there or arrest CM of Sind due to measles outbreaks and malaria there? It's time for people to grow up and just work to improve things like Shahbaz Sharif is doing.

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