Solwezi August, 1, 2023, ZANIS–
Solwezi District in North-Western Province have recorded 14 deaths associated with measles outbreak.
Speaking during a media briefing in Solwezi, District Health Director Dr. Buumba Bubala bemoaned the sporadic cases of measles in the region.
She however attributed the 237 cases recorded to a weak routine measles immunization system in the District.
And the District Heath Director Dr. BUUMBA BUBALA revealed that children were dying from homes.
She said the deaths were recorded in Muzabula, Kazomba, kamiswalo and Kamintote areas.
Dr. Bubala had since stated that Solwezi District Health Office had embarked on a training program where 366 healthcare workers and 250 Community Based Volunteers were being trained to prepare them for running the measles outbreak response.
“We have recorded 14 deaths associated with measles and I think this is due to a weak routine immunization system in our discrict” Dr. Bubala said.
Meanwhile, Solwezi District Clinical Care Officer Hillary Luputa said the measles starts with fever and persistent couphng, then the mouth would be whitish and later on rush the whole body.
He said the disease also causes blindness and it would affect more people with underlining conditions.
“Those with underlining conditions are on higher risky” Mr. Luputa said
Measles is a vaccine preventable disease but can be deadly, particularly for children who have missed routine childhood immunizations.