QUETTA, 24 December: At least nine children died due to measles in Zhob and Awaran districts of Balochistan as the disease turned into an epidemic in some parts of the two districts, officials said here on Saturday.

According to them, Sara area in district Zhob and Tansar union council of Awaran district are highly affected areas where the death have occurred. Local authorities also confirmed nine deaths so far.

Local residents of these areas told TNN that the government and health officials should immediately launch anti-measles immunization campaigns in the areas otherwise they feared, the situation might further aggravate.

On the other hand, provincial Secretary Health Department Noor ul Haq  Baloch while talking to media persons has said that administrations of both the districts had been directed to take immediate steps to control the epidemic. He added that the district authorities had started taking measures in this regard.