Unvaccinated children major cause for measles outbreak

by | Aug 19, 2022 | Local News | 0 comments

Unvaccinated children major cause for measles outbreak

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The Government has noted with concern that the measles outbreak which has been detected in the country is being attributed to children that are not vaccinated for measles

In a Post Cabinet Briefing in Harare yesterday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, highlighted that confirmed cases had risen to 2056 with 157 deaths since it’s first case that was reported on August 10, 2022.

“The nation is being informed that following a report of the first case of
measles in Mutasa District, Manicaland Province on 10th August 2022, the
disease has now spread to other provinces. As of 15th August 2022, the
cumulative figures from across the country has risen to 2 056 cases and 157
deaths,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

The distribution by province is as follows: Manicaland, 1 270 cases and 122 deaths;
Harare Metropolitan 121 cases and 0 deaths; Midlands, 83 cases and 16 deaths; Masvingo, 116 cases and 3 deaths; Mashonaland East ,115 cases and 16 deaths; Mashonaland Central, 87 cases and 0 deaths; Mashonaland West, 130 cases and 0 deaths; Matabeleland North, 85 and 0 deaths; Matabeleland South, 23 cases and 0 deaths; and
Bulawayo Metropoliotan, 12 cases and 0 deaths.”

Since It has been noted that all the victims had not received vaccination for
protection against measles, Government has invoked Civil Protection Unit
Act to deal with the emergency, and the Ministry of Health and Child Care is
on the ground carrying out an intensive vaccination programme.

Government has decided to implement measures to curb the spread of measles in the country.

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care will engage Traditional and Faith leaders for their support on the vaccination programme. The National Supplementary Vaccination Programme will be upscaled before schools open for the third term of 2022 targeting the 6 to 15 year age group; and resources towards fighting the outbreak be drawn from the National Disaster Fund in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development,” she ended.