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ROUNDTABLE/Behjat Gilani Producer             Nadeem Yaqub Engineer              Al Santos TOPIC: PAKISTAN WITNESSED MEASLES OUTBREAK/EPIDEMIC; CAUSES & PREVENTION STRATEGY   There have been alarming reports about the increase of Measles Cases in Pakistan particularly in Sindh Province. According to reports from January 2012 to 2nd February 2013, about 19,048 suspected measles cases with 463 deaths of children were reported throughout the country. WHO, UNICEF and Third Party survey shows that the Cold Chain is in a state of disrepair, which means that there is no surety about the quality and efficacy of the vaccine, even if it is procured in time. Electricity breakdowns are also responsible for the adverse situation. Floods and natural disasters during the last 3 years also played their part. The experts stress the utmost need to create awareness among the masses about the importance of vaccination. They say the situation requires improving the quality of system in totality. The specialists believe in that through vaccination it is possible to eliminate the menace of measles from roots. The experts in the field believe there are appropriate facilities for patients as isolation wards, intensive care units, monitors & ventilators. They say that parents should be aware of the fact that they should bring children in hospitals on time so there won’t be any complications. The experts tell VOA that international agencies with Government of Pakistan are preparing a strategy to vaccinate 63 million children from 6 months to 10 years of age. The doctors say that while running the campaigns they organize centers & paramedics go there to provide the vaccination and create awareness among the masses.   EXPERTS & HEALTH OFFICIALS   Dr Zahid Parvez, MS, Meo Hospital Dr. Sabina Imran Farooqui, Deputy Director, NDMA Dr. Mohammed Rafique, Chief Doctor, UNICEF Dr. Sajjad Chaudhari, Infectious Diseases, Orlando, Florida Dr. Javed Ikram, Medical Education, Punjab Government       Behjat Gilani    

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