Dukki, Oct 14: Three more children died in Dukki district of Balochistan after being diagnosed with diphtheria infection.
The district health officer of Dukki Dr Abdul Aleem Nasir said that the children had died because the vaccine for the diphtheria infection wasn’t available in hospitals.
Nine more children are affected by the diphtheria infection in the district Dukki. The emergency response teams from Quetta have still not reached. Parents of affected childrens started taking their children to the Loralai district for treatment.
Media sources say there is a minor shortage of medical facilities in Loralai district as well.
The district health officer said diphtheria is not a new infection disease the district. Despite of awareness campaigns across the province, children are not being vaccinated against the disease by parents and now they are facing consequences, he said.
Diphtheria is a bacterial infection of the nose and throat that usually affects children of age 6 to 12 years. If not detected and treated on time it can prove to be fatal.
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