Saturday, 9 August 2008

Measles cases double in Mwanza Region

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Cases of measles among children aged less than five years in Mwanza Region have increased drastically over the last two from mere 13 patients in 2006 to 147 by June, this year. The Regional Medical Officer (RMO), Dr Meshack Mmasi, said here yesterday that the upward trend was attributable mainly to what he called a lack of consistency in immunization against air-borne diseases, particularly in the recent past.

"I appeal to all parents, guardians and the general public at large to turn out in large numbers at the national immunization campaign along with your children. The noble crusade commences on August 30. “You will have your children jabbed in order to ward off infectious diseases,” he said. Mr Mmasi was speaking at a preparatory meeting, whose guest of honour was the Regional Commissioner for Mwanza, Dr James Msekela.

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