Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye
The Northern Regional Health Directorate has confirmed about 70 cases of measles among children.
Meanwhile, information available indicates that there is a shortage of measles vaccines in the region.
A letter sighted by DAILY GUIDE confirmed cases of measles in the Gushiegu District in October 2022, to date, while additional cases have been confirmed in three other districts – Tamale, Sagnarigu, and Karaga.
“Given the current season, which presents one of the greatest risks for the transmission of measles, Districts Health Directorates and facilities (both public and private) are urged to intensify surveillance on measles and other diseases of epidemic potential for prompt action should they occur,” the letter noted.
It further requested districts and facilities to conduct prompt investigations and collect blood samples for laboratory confirmation.
It added “You are also expected to continue to intensify public education on the prevention of measles and other epidemic-prone diseases.
All MM/DDHS must ensure that their epidemic preparedness and response (EPR) plans for measles are updated accordingly and copies submitted to the Regional Health Directorate through the Disease Surveillance Unit on or before Friday, February 10, 2023.”
FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale