By Kabuye Ronald
Health Medical Experts from Sense International UK and their counterparts from Uganda inconjunction with ministry of health have advised Ugandan mothers and parents to be curious and cautious about the ongoing increasing Rubella disease which affects young adults and children especially babies which in the end result in not both deaf, heart diseases, lameness and blindness mostly.
Dr Moses Muwanga, the medical director of Entebbe General Hospital Grade B, says to curb or reduce this burden from attacking babies, Uganda should aim at achieving and maintaining Rubella immunization coverage of 80%, strengthen quality rubella surveillance and ensure supplementary immunization activities for any outbreaks.
Dr Muwanga further recommended that children between 0 to 3 years with disabilities, including deaf blindness, and their families should have access to screening to cause about early intervention services as part of the national health system.
While officially launching the early intervention project at Entebbe hospital which is been piloted from 2016 and will run through 2019 in four health centres in wakiso districts that’s Ndejje, Kasangati, Wakiso Health centers fours and Entebbe referral hospital, Josephine Akiru the country director sense International Uganda, emphasized the need to sensitize the public to take their babies for screening after both since rubella is preventable.
The current project has seen over 8000 children screened out of the targeted 75,000 by 2019 and out of these only two have been confirmed to have both deaf and blind impairments while 60 have single impairments.
Sense international paid for 180 hearing gadget each estimated between 16 to 18 million shillings and they give them to those affected free charge though they have problem with the screening machine since it can’t exceed 20 people per day yet the number is overwhelming
Rubella disease also known as German measles is an acute, yet often virus that affects children and young adults across the globe but it’s contracted during pregnancy.
According to experts this problem affects the Lungs of the babies, it can cause miscarriage in mothers, foetal death in newborns, also results to impairments, including hearing loss, Visual impairments, deaf blindness, heart, the brain, nervous system and and other organ defects.
According the World Health Organization studies about 22,000 babies in Africa are affected with the disease.