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Malawi's Health Ministry To Immunise 7 Million Children For Measles Rubella

Written by  Written By Blessings KANG'OMBE Apr 07, 2017

A total of over 7 million children in Malawi are expected to get Measles-Rubella supplementary immunisation.

This follows laboratory results of suspected measles which indicates that there are more rubella cases than measles.

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with its partners will conduct the week long campaign from 12 to 16 June this year.

Other interventions during the immunisation campaign will include Vitamin A supplementary and de-worming.

The Ministry is targeting children between 9 months to 14 years for Measles Rubella vaccination which represents 46% of the total population.

Over 2 million children within the age range of 6 months to 59 months will receive vitamin A supplements while over 1 million children aged between 12-59 months are being targeted for de-worming.

During the five day campaign period, the ministry intends to have 11,000 sites comprising static, outreach clinics and temporary sites.

A total of 22,000 health workers and 33,000 community volunteers will be trained and deployed to manage the sites.

After the campaign, the Ministry will to introduce Measles Rubella vaccine in the routine immunization services in July.

This means there will be a transition from monovalent measles vaccine to bivalent measles rubella vaccine.

The ministry will also withdraw all monovalent measles vaccine from all health centers across the country.

Meanwhile in Ntcheu district, health authorities disclosed that the district will have 370 sites thus both temporary, static and outreach clinics.

The district’s Environmental Health Officer, Bosco Kalua stated that on measles rubella, over 270, 000 children will get the immunisation.

German measles, also known as Rubella, is a viral infection that causes a red rash on the body.

Apart from the rash, people with German measles usually have a fever and swollen lymph nodes.

The infection can spread from person to person through contact with droplets from an infected person’s sneeze or cough.

This means that you can get German measles if you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching something that has droplets from an infected person on it.

The disease mainly affects children especially those between 5 and 9 years old, but it can also occur in adults.

The disease is typically a mild infection that goes away within one week, even without treatment.

However, it can be a serious condition in pregnant women, as it may cause congenital rubella syndrome in the fetus.

 

In rare cases, German measles can lead to ear infections and brain swelling.

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