Measles outbreak in UP village, three children died. Measles outbreak in UP village, three children died
Digital Desk, Kanpur. Three unvaccinated children of a family died of measles within just three weeks in Unnao’s Danigarhi village. Thirty-five more children in the same village have developed rashes and are suffering from fever. Three of them have been admitted to the hospital in critical condition.
In view of the outbreak, the district health department has launched a vaccination campaign to protect children from measles, despite resistance from local people. A team of doctors has been deployed in the village to look for cases and check the spread of the disease.
Unnao Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Satya Prakash has confirmed the death of three people due to measles. All the minor victims were not vaccinated, he said. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our teams have vaccinated 60 per cent of the children in the village and are treating children suffering from measles. It is learned that the doctors had to face stiff opposition from the villagers during the vaccination drive. Doctors had to call clerics for intervention and later necessary announcements were made from places of worship.
District Magistrate Apoorva Dubey also visited the village and had a long talk with the villagers and helped dispel their myths, said a senior health department official. The vaccination drive started in the village after the intervention of clerics and officials, the CMO said. . Although some people are still refraining from getting children vaccinated.
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