Minister for Transparent Investigation into the death of three children during Anti-Measles Campaign

Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Health, Shahram Khan Tarakai has directed the Fact Finding Committee to conduct a thorough, transparent and fair investigation into the death of three children during the ongoing anti- measles campaign in the province and furnish a factual and accurate report in the shortest possible time period so that the actual causes behind the death of those children could be ascertained.

He also directed the committee to thoroughly look in to different aspects including the pre campaign preparations of health department, the vaccine being used in the campaign, human and technical errors in administering the vaccine and the medical treatment provided to the children after reaction of the vaccine, and thus come up with a solid and comprehensive report based on actual findings.

He was chairing a meeting of the Fact Finding Committee of technical experts formed to probe into the measles vaccine issue here on Friday. He said that it was of prime importance not only for him but his government as well to ascertain the root causes behind the loss of three innocent lives because, if the children had died due to the reaction of measles vaccine then those responsible for it could be taken to task. “As minister in charge it is my prime responsibility to find out the root cause of the incidents which I will do at all costs so that such incidents may not occur in the future’’, Shahram remarked and added that whatever fact and truth is found in the investigation, it will be made public through media and nothing will be concealed in this regard.

The provincial minister also made it clear that in case negligence was found on the part of any officials or high ups then stern action would be taken against the responsible ones. The committee apprised the minister of the progress made so far in the case.

Besides secretary Health, Ghulam Qadir, Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Dr. Amin Jan, EPI provincial chief and member of the committee, Dr. Janbaz Afridi, other members of the committee, representatives of WHO and other quarter concerned attended the meeting.

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