Vaccination campaign against measles, rubella set to start in Simiyu

17Oct 2019
The Guardian
Vaccination campaign against measles, rubella set to start in Simiyu

THE Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children in partnership with Simiyu regional hospital is set to provide vaccination against measles and rubella to 425,980 children in the region.

Rubella, also known as German measles or three-day measles, is an infection caused by the rubella virus. This disease is often mild with half of people not realizing that they are infected. A rash may start around two weeks after exposure and last for three day.

Speaking to journalists in his office early this week, Simiyu Regional Medical Officer Dr Festo Digunge said they expect to vaccinate the children of six months to 12 years of age in 405 vaccination centres and the goal is to reduce deaths and other children’s diseases.

Dr Digunge explained that Simiyu region is faced with challenges from children wellbeing because many deaths are due to many of them not being vaccinated.

He said measles and Rubella among children are preventable through appropriate vaccination hence called on parents not to ignore call of taking their children to vaccination centres.

On his part, the coordinator of the vaccination campaign in Simiyu region Beatrice Kapufi said they have already prepared themselves for the campaign and 414 medical staff in 404 centres will be mobilized and the vaccination will take five days starting October 17 to 20.

“We appeal with the wananchi with children to come out and send their children to vaccination centres for vaccination against the said two diseases,” she said.