Outbreak of measles in Kohlu: 2 children died, several affected
Doctors providing medical treatment to gastro patients in Kohlu: Photo grabbed from a video provided by the author

Yousaf Marri:

At least two children died because of rapidly increasing measles cases in Balochistan’s Kohlu district on Saturday. Health department sources in the district say the condition of several children is said to be critical.

Two sons of Noor Ahmed, a resident of Shahjaabad area of Kohlu, died of measles. Local residents lamented that due to the lack of health facilities in the area, the children were being shifted to Dera Ghazi Khan for treatment When they died on their way to hospital.

No health facilities in Kohlu district

It should be noted that there is a severe lack of health facilities in Kohlu district, even syringes and Panadol tablets are rare in the district headquarters hospital, Noor Muhammad Marri, an elder in the area complained.

Hundreds of Basic Health Units are inactive due to the incompetence of PPHI, whose medicines are sold in private stores instead of being supplied to government hospitals, Mr. Marri alleged.

Patients go to Punjab for medical treatment

“Health system in Kohlu district has been destroyed”, he claimed.

He said that the rulers of the time are busy day and night in the buying and selling of jobs and corruption. Unfortunately, even health facilities are not available in the area and this is the reason innocent children dying every day.

There was no immediate response from the health department regarding the allegations levelled by the tribesmen.

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