WHO, UNICEF to give anti-diphtheria serum after deaths of children

Out of total 39 deaths 23 children died in Sindh, 14 in KP and two in Punjab

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The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) will provide anti-diphtheria serum to Pakistan after the deaths of children due to measles.

Yesterday it was reported that the disease has spread all over the world and the Federal Health Ministry has also admitted that so far 39 children have lost their lives due to this disease out of which 23 children have died in Sindh, 14 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two in Punjab.

WHO and UNICEF have decided to provide anti-diphtheria serum to Pakistan. UNICEF officials have said that they were making arrangements to provide the serum for critically ill children suffering from measles.

According to Pakistani officials in addition to UNICEF, the WHO was also trying to provide anti-diphtheria serum.

Measles disease has been spreading in children due to lack of pentavalent vaccine while children suffering from measles have been dying due to lack of anti-diphtheria serum.

The experts on infectious diseases and paediatricians have said that the federal and provincial governments have been responsible due to the issue of immunization. They have called for an immediate overhaul of the immunization plans on both federal and provincial levels.

Federal Health Ministry officials have said that due to the elimination of measles disease from the world the production of this serum has been reduced in the world.


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