By Ronald Kabuye
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there is an active outbreak of Measles in Kampala and Wakiso Districts.
According to surveillance and case finding reports, a total of 67 cases have so far been identified and of these, seven have been confirmed by laboratory tests within the month of July, where the most affected age group are children under 1 year.
This was investigated in all the five divisions of Kampala, as well as several suburbs in Wakiso District where it was found that many people are affected.
According to the minister of health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said that the outbreak is a clear sign that many parents didn’t take their children for full immunisation.
Prof Dr Anthony Mbonye, the director general ministry of health, just the minister said that the Ministry is undertaking a number of measures to control the spread of the disease including, Investigating the extent of spread of Measles within the districts of Kampala and Wakiso, Conducting sensitization programmes to educate the public about the signs, symptoms and dangers of the diseases, Undertaking immunization programmes of children , and Management of all suspected cases.
He also called on the public to avoid direct contact with children infected or suspected to be infected with the disease, Report and immediately take any suspected children to nearby health facilities, Take unvaccinated children under 5 years of age for immunization to the nearest health facilities among others.
Measles is an airborne disease that affects mainly children aged between six months and 10 years of age although it can also affect adults.
Some early symptoms of measles include high fever, whooping cough and red swelling eyelids, muscle and body aches, irritability, running nose, watery eyes and rashes.
Approximately 20 percent of people with Measles develop one or more complications associated with the disease.
These early symptoms of Measles usually last three to four days, although they can last as little as one day or as long as eight days, before the Measles rash manifests. One to two days before the rash appears, small red lesions with blue-white centers appear on the inside of the mouth and tongue, and occasionally on the whites of the eyes or inside the intestines.
Measles is a dangerous disease which can cause death. It can be prevented by immunization and vaccination of children