Government must intensify measles awareness and vaccination campaigns

The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has urged the government to intensify measles vaccination and awareness campaigns to prevent further deaths as the highly contagious disease continues to claim lives  countrywide. By Staff Reporter In a statement, CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said, “…the worrying statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) indicate that since the measles outbreak in Mutasa district in Manicaland province last month about 700 people, mainly from the religious sects that do not believe in vaccination, have succumbed to the disease.…

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UNICEF is concerned about the impact of measles outbreak

UNICEF is deeply concerned with the numbers of cases and deaths among children due to a measles outbreak in Zimbabwe. By Dr. Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe On 10 April 2022, Mutasa District in Manicaland Province was the first district to report a measles outbreak.  According to the latest data shared by the Government of Zimbabwe through the weekly Disease Surveillance System, a total of 6034 suspected cases, 4266 recoveries and 685 deaths have so far been recorded since the onset of the outbreak. Manicaland Province has the highest…

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WHO Urges Previously Vaccinated Children below 5 Years To Get Measles Vaccines

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, Dr Alex Gasasira has advised parents to take their children for vaccination regardless of their previous vaccination status. By Catherine Murombedzi The call comes in the midst of a raging Measles outbreak that since claimed 698 lives and infected a cumulative total of 6 291 Cases, while 4 459 have recovered. Speaking in a telephone interview, Dr Gasasira said children between 6 months to under 5 years should be vaccinated irrespective of prior vaccination status. “We urge parents and guardians to bring all…

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Zimbabwe Measles Deaths Toll Nears 700…Community Deaths Constitute Largest Number of Deaths

A cumulative 698 Deaths have been reported since the onset of the outbreak with more than half of the deaths having been reported in Manicaland province. By Staff Reporter According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Daily Measles Situation Report (SITREP), 172 New Cases and 13 Deaths were reported yesterday. “The deaths were reported from Mashonaland West (4), Matabeleland South (4), Midlands (4) and Chitungwiza (1). A cumulative total of 6 206 Cases, 4 440 Recoveries and 698 Deaths have been reported since the onset of the…

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Make measles vaccination mandatory for Mapostori Children -VP Chiwenga told

HEALTH Policy and Public Health experts have advised health and child care Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga to act with speed and make measles vaccination mandatory in children from apostolic sects. By Michael Gwarisa This call comes in the midst of a sharp increase in new measles cases and deaths mainly in children between the ages 6 to 16 from apostolic religious sects, a development that has prompted government to activate the country’s Civil Protection Unit Act. Speaking to HealthTimes, Health Law Policy Expert, Mr Tinashe Mundawarara said the country’s…

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Zim Gvt Invokes Civil Protection Unit Emergency Act As Zim’s Measles Death Toll Goes Up To 157

ZIMBABWE has announced the activation of the country’s Civil Protection Act to deal with the surging measles cases and deaths amidst indications of a rise in the death toll over the past few days. By Michael Gwarisa The Civil Protection Act sets up the administration for civil protection at state and local level in Zimbabwe, provides with respect to the declaration of a state of disaster and operations in case of disaster and established National Civil Protection Fund. Briefing Journalists yesterday during a post cabinet media briefing, Information Minister, Senator…

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#BREAKING: Zim Measles Outbreak Spreads Beyond Manicaland, As 80 Die From The Disease

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has warned that the Measles outbreak has spread beyond Makoni district in Manicaland provinces to other provinces amidst indications of a surge in new infections and deaths over the past days. By Staff Reporter In a statement, the health ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr Jasper Chimedza said the cases were emanating from church gatherings that happened in the recent weeks. The ministry of health and child care wishes to inform the public that the ongoing outbreak of measles which was first reported on…

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Zim preps intensified measles, polio vaccination

PREPARATIONS for an intensified measles and polio vaccination campaign are well on course as the Ministry of Health and Child Care commenced the training of trainers in Masvingo on Monday. This comes on the heels of the declaration of a measles outbreak in Mutasa district. The Health Ministry is conducting a Intergrated meeting on Polio Campaign & EPI Training of Trainers workshop on Supplementary Immunization Activities with support from UNICEF ZIMBABWE and WHO Zimbabwe. The participants were drawn from the country’s 10 provinces. “There are planned measles and polio campaigns…

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#BREAKING: Measles Outbreak Hits Zimbabwe’s Mutasa District, 20 Deaths Recorded To Date

MUTASA district in Manicaland province in Zimbabwe, is facing a measles outbreak, amidst indications that more than 100 cases and 20 deaths have already been recorded since the outbreak was first reported last month, The HealthTimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa The Measles Outbreak in Mutasa comes hot on the heels of a warning by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) of a brewing perfect storm of conditions for measles outbreaks affecting children. In an interview, Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Permanent…

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DRC Battling Deadliest Measles Outbreak

THE Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC) is fighting what could described as the deadliest measles outbreak, the worst since the 2011/2012 outbreak. By Michael Gwarisa The outbreak comes in the midst of an equally deadly health crisis in the form of Ebola which has claimed hundreds of lives since last year. Karel Janssens, Head of Mission of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the DRC said there was need to scale up assistance efforts in affected regions. While a rapid and adapted response is critical to limiting the impact of measles…

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