The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Health, is expected to launch its Integrated Measles campaign today, aimed at vaccinating children from six months to under five years.
The Measles campaign, which also seeks to protect children less than five years from being affected by the measles virus and said to be certified by the Ministry of Health and other partners, is expected to be launched by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville.
The measles and polio vaccination exercises begin today, May 8, 2015 and runs up to May 14, 2015.
Speaking yesterday, May 7, 2015 at the regular MICAT press briefings on Capitol Hill, the head of the Incident Management System, Mr. Tolbert Nyeswah, disclosed that most children in ten of the fifteen counties were already being affected by the measles virus- something he described as troubling for the country.
He said some children have already started experiencing signs and symptoms of measles in some parts of the country- situation he said poses serious challenge to the health of such children.
Mr. Nyeswah called on parents to take advantage of the vaccination campaign, adding that the signs and symptoms of measles virus were as common as those of the Ebola virus.
He named some of signs and symptoms of measles as high temperature, red eyes, as well as pain at the joints, among others.
The head of the Incident Management system encouraged parents to take their children to the various vaccination sites in order to keep them free and safe from the measles virus, emphasizing that there was no cost attached.
At the same time, Mr. Nyeswah has called on Liberians to continue to adhere to all of the necessary Ebola preventive measures throughout the country, as the country continues to make significant gains in combating the virus.
He disclosed that on May 9, 2015, which marks the end of the forty-two day count down since the death of the last confirmed Ebola case, Liberia is expected to be declared free of Ebola if there’s no reported Ebola case in the country.
By Lewis S. Teh