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PESHAWAR, June 14: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has suspended 17 officials of the Health Department for not fulfilling their responsibilities properly during the anti-measles immunisation campaign.

Several children died and many fainted during the recent drive in various districts of the province.

About the inquiry report of the immunisation drive at the Civil Secretariat, Provincial Health Minister Shahram Tarakai told media on 13 June that among the 17 suspended officials, some had not conducted the immunisation campaign properly while several did not provide timely medication to the children who got fainted and later died.

He said the suspended officials include provincial coordinator of the drive, Janbaz Afridi, seven specialists, seven medical officers, and several technicians.

The health minister said cash assistance of 500,000 rupees would be given to each family of the children who died in the immunisation.

About 10 children died last month during the immunisation campaign that continued for 12 days in various parts of the province.