Seven children have reportedly died during the ongoing 12 days long anti-measles vaccination campaign in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Four children died in Charsadda and three lost their lives in Peshawer after they were immunized with measles vaccine.
Measles vaccination campaign was initiated by the Ministry of National Health to mark the World Immunisation Week Campaign. Children under the age of 10 years are being immunized.
Reports indicate that one of the child died after measles immunization was already suffering from measles and should not be given the vaccine. Appearently the vaccination worker did not know that child should not be given vaccine after affected by the virus. Lack of training to the vaccination worker may have been one of the reasons resulting in the deaths of 7 children in the province of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa.
The vaccination campaign involved 50,000 workers and 700,000 children received the vaccine during the two week long campaign at a cost of Rs 1billion.