Health authorities in Malawi’s central region district of Ntcheu have revealed that they have surpassed the initial target of children earmarked for the Integrated Measles Rubella Campaign.
Authorities in Ntcheu attribute the development due to massive mass awareness campaigns conducted across the district before and during the exercise.
The week long campaign that the Ministry of Health conducted in June across the country aimed at eradicating cases of rubella wich are more prevalent when compared to those of measles.
However, apart from the measles and rubella vaccine, the ministry also introduced Vitamin A supplementation and de-worming during the exercise.
Speaking to Capital FM, Ntcheu District Environmental Health Officer disclosed that health authorities targeted 277,801 children between 9 months and 14 years of age.
Bosco Kaluwa stressed that after the campaign conducted in June this year, authorities covered 296, 464 children surpassing the targeted number.
“On Vitamin A supplementation the target was 96, 642 but we managed to reach out to 112, 095 children.
And on De-worming out of 81,367 targeted number, the district reached out to 114, 605 children,” explained Kaluwa.
The measles rubella vaccine targeted 7 million children within the age range of 9 months to 14 years across the country during the campaign.
Over 2 million children from 6 to 59 months were targeted to receive the Vitamin A supplementation while over 1 million children from 12-59 months were targeted for De-worming.
Also known as German measles, Rubella is an infection that causes a red rash on the body, and usually causes fever and swollen lymph nodes.
The disease is often mild with half of people not realising they are sick.