Mass Vaccination Launched As 14 Children Succumb To Measles In Manicaland
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14 Children Die From Measles In Manicaland, Government Launches Mass Vaccination
Following the outbreak of Measles in Zimbabwe, it has been reported that at least 14 children have succumbed to the disease while 72 cases have so far been recorded in Manicaland province’s Mutasa District.
This was revealed by the Ministry of Health and Child Care on Wednesday.
The viral infection was detected among children aged six months to 15 years in Mutasa district in April.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health said:
“To date, a total of 72 cases and 14 deaths have been reported. Of the reported cases, only nine had been vaccinated while the remainder had not been vaccinated or their vaccination status is unknown. “
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been notified of the outbreak.
In an effort to curb the spread of the disease, the Ministry launched mass vaccination campaigns in Mutasa targeting the 6 months to 15 years age group regardless of their vaccination status.
“Health workers are carrying out an intensive door-to-door education campaign against this disease. All provinces are being encouraged to be on high alert and to report any suspected measles to the nearest health facility. Those who attended church gatherings especially in Manicaland during the Easter period should be on the lookout for suspected measles among their children,” the ministry said.
The Ministry maintains that “the situation is currently under control and people should not panic.”
In April, the WHO and UNICEF warned there might be a global outbreak of child killer diseases this year due to lack of and disruption of mass vaccination programmes over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Measles is commonly found in children and spreads through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing.
Symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash do not appear until 10 to 14 days after exposure