Pakistan Grapples with Rise in Measles Deaths in 2012

Pakistan Grapples with Rise in Measles Deaths in 2012It seems there is no respite for Pakistan soon as it has witnessed 306 children's death in 2012 due to measles, as per the World Health Organization (WHO). Out of all the months, it was in December 2012 that they have reported maximum deaths in Sindh province of Pakistan.

It's shocking that though the deaths were very much preventable, authorities concerned could not deliver the expected results. It has been know that the disease is highly contagious and spreads through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. There are fair chances of any child facing potential fatal health complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis.

"About one out of 10 children with measles also get an ear infection, and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. About one out of 1,000 gets encephalitis, and one or two out of 1,000 die", said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is strongly believed that Pakistani health care management system is loosening a lot and that's what made the situation reach this extent. There is dire need to pull the system up besides escalating awareness level regarding the same so that more cases can be avoided in the first place.

With the WHO coming forward and expressing concern, it would be worth seeing what all would be done to control the situation from going further bad.