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Six health workers of Sitakunda Health Complex have been transferred to Sandwip Upazila Health Complex for their negligence of duty as nine children at Tripurapara in Sitakkunda upazila have died of ‘measles’.

Civil Surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique disclosed this while speaking at a press briefing at Fouzdarhat Infectious Diseases Hospital here on Tuesday.

Those transferred are heath inspector Khaled Md Humayun Kabir, assistant health inspector Reba Mahajan, and four health assistants Nilufa Akhter, Badrunnesa Bgum, Tafura Begum and Nurul Karim.

The decision was taken following the directives of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), he said.

Besides, a temporary health clinic will be operated in the hilly area where immunization programme will begin on Wednesday, said Azizur Rahman.

Recently, nine children died of ‘unknown’ disease and 50 others fell ill in hilly Tripurapara of Situakunda.

On Monday, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said the children were suffering from measles.

Director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad at a press conference at the IEDCR auditorium on Monday said the children of about 85 ethnic communities of Tripurara were not brought under the coverage of immunisation since they kept themselves away from modern faculties due to their customs.

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