NEBBI. Two people have succumbed to measles out of about 700 cases reported since the outbreak of the disease in Nebbi district in August 2018.
Dr Jakor Oryema, the district health officer Nebbi told district officials in a meeting on Thursday that despite the outbreak, they did not receive any support from the ministry of health to combat the disease.
But he attributed the lack of support from the ministry to scarce measles vaccines in the country as the government was in preparation to phase it out and introducing measles Rubella Vaccine.
“Since August 2018 to date, we have had an outbreak of Measles across the district and a total of 688 cases have been reported with 2 deaths giving a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 0.3%,” he said.
According to Dr Jakor, Nebbi district had an outbreak of Rubella in 2015/2016 affecting mainly the areas of Kucwiny and Erussi Sub County and the ministry of health told them nothing could be done as the Measles-Rubella Vaccine was not in the country.
He said the district has been involved in preparing for the campaign since May this year and they will receive shs161,191,186 shillings for the exercise.
He said the mass immunisation exercise coming in September from 25th to 29th, there is a need to mobilize the community to take to their children for the vaccination to control the outbreak.
“There is a need for all leaders in their various capacity to mobilise the community for the exercise for us to achieve the target of 95% coverage and the known areas of resistance like Akworo sub-county need to be marked and planned for”, he added.
Meanwhile Christopher Omara the resident district commissioner said immunisation is important because it is the foundation of good health which in turn promotes development.
“We are not going to tolerate communities who resist immunisation because they are risking the lives of the young generations who are the leaders of tomorrow, let’s all unite and make this exercise a success”, he said.
The mass vaccination exercise will see children aged from 0 months to under 8 months receiving polio vaccines only while those from 9 months to 5 years will receive both measles-rubella and polio vaccines as those 6 to 15 years will receive Rubella vaccine only.
The Ministry health will now introduce the Measles and Rubella Vaccine into the routine vaccination.