22,224 measles cases reported during last six and a half months in Punjab

92 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours.

APP July 13, 2013
As many as 92 new cases of the disease were reported in the province in the last 24 hours. PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE

LAHORE: With 92 new cases reported during the last 24 hours, the number of measles cases reported in Punjab in the last six and a half months has reached 22,224.   

According to health department officials, at least 188 deaths have been reported so far with most deaths occurring in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Kasur and Sialkot.

Around 92 cases of measles were reported from Punjab during the last 24 hours that included just eight from city hospitals on Saturday.

Officials appealed to parents to get their children that were up to five years of age vaccinated against measles without delay and cooperate with the vaccinating teams.

Meanwhile, EPI focal person Younas said that the current drive in five high risk districts of Punjab was getting a good response and people were contacting them to vaccinate their children against measles.

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