Pakistan Observer

SHC takes suo motu notice of measles deaths

Observer Report

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - Karachi—Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has urged the Sindh High Court (SHC) to take suo motu action on the deaths of over 400 children of Sindh due to measles outbreak in the province.

This said a PIMA spokesperson in a statement issued here Tuesday.

While slamming the provincial government over the inefficient and delayed response to this tragedy, he said all concerned authorities of health department should have resigned on this worst negligence and non-availability of vaccines.

He also criticized international NGOs and high-ups in Sindh government who did nothing but waited to see the death toll rising. ‘All those children died due to measles outbreak in Sindh were sons and daughters of poor Sindhi peasants, but all concerned authorities and international NGOs did nothing to save the children,’ he added.

Their late response could not bring back the precious lives now, he said, adding that SHC should make the responsible accountable for this tragic incident. ‘All involved in this criminal negligence should be brought before the court because they did not control measle and vaccinate the children in time against this deadly disease,’ he added.

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