An alarming outbreak of measles has gripped the province of Punjab, with more than 2,000 cases reported between April and May. The Punjab Health Department has released a breakdown of the affected regions, revealing that Lahore witnessed the highest number of infections, with over 580 children contracting the highly contagious disease. Rawalpindi followed closely behind, with 521 reported cases, while Hafizabad, Jhang, and Sheikhupura reported 114, 99, and 72 cases respectively.
The Punjab Health Department has also highlighted other regions grappling with measles outbreaks. Kasur reported 56 cases, Sialkot 49, Toba Tek Singh 43, and Faisalabad saw 42 children infected with the virus. These distressing figures have raised concerns among health officials and the public, prompting immediate action.
To curb the spread of measles, the Director of the Immunization Programme has initiated a targeted vaccination campaign for children aged 6 months to 5 years in 265 affected Urban Slums Communities (USCs). These efforts aim to provide protection and prevent further transmission of the disease, particularly as the majority of measles cases are typically reported between May and July.
The Punjab Health Department has urged parents and caregivers to ensure that their children receive the necessary vaccinations and to follow proper hygiene practices. Measles, a highly infectious viral illness, can lead to severe complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis, posing a significant threat to the affected communities.
As the measles outbreak continues to unfold, authorities remain vigilant, monitoring the situation closely and implementing measures to contain the disease. Public awareness campaigns and intensified vaccination drives are expected to play a crucial role in halting the spread of measles and safeguarding the health and well-being of Punjab’s residents.