Govt embarks on measles awareness campaign
The Ministry of Health (MoH) says it is carrying out sensitisation programmes following the outbreak of measles especially in some parts of Lusaka. Ministry of Health Spokesperson Dr. said the ministry has set aside some funds to contain the further spread of measles to other parts of the country.
Dr. Mbewe said the most affected by the vice were children under the age of five and it was for this reason that the ministry will hold a child health week in July.
He told ZANIS in a telephone interview in Lusaka today that the ministry has a mandate to safeguard the lives of children in the country.
Dr. Mbewe pointed out that the ministry intends on increasing the number of children to be immunised during the child health week next month.
He urged parents and guardians in the nation to ensure that they take children 5 years and below to the nearest clinic when child health week starts.
He added that the ministry was still compiling more data on the measles situation in the country.
From January to April 2010 Lusaka was worst hit by an out break of measles with Chawama Clinic recording 36 cases, Kanyama recorded six, Mandevu recorded four and Makeni recorded three cases.