Vaccine Shortage as Measles Claim More Lives in Pakistan

Source: Channel NewsAsia


More than 500 children have died in the ongoing measles epidemic in Pakistan, and many more are being hospitalized daily. Some 25,000 cases have been reported across the country. Pakistan is struggling to control the disease because it has a poorly conceived immunization system, and societal attitudes towards vaccinations is also a factor. About 80 percent of patients were not vaccinated, according to Dr. Zahid Pervaiz, medical superintendent of Mayo Hospital in Lahore. And poor monitoring of the outbreak has largely contributed to an acute shortage of vaccines. Over the past few weeks, about 2.6 million children have received vaccines, and another 11 million doses are due to arrive in June.

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