There is a fresh measles outbreak in Mbale district. Records from the District Health Office show that eight new cases of measles have been registered.
Mwajuma Nadunga, the Mbale District Disease Surveillance Focal Person, says the new cases were registered from Bungkho-Mutoto Sub County, Industrial Division, Nauyo-Bugema and Nakaloke Town Councils.
Dr. Jonathan Wangisi Massa, the Mbale District Health Officer blames the outbreak on mothers who don’t complete the immunisation cycle for their children especially in the sub counties without health facilities.
Some of the administrative units without public health facilities are Nakaloke, Lwaso and Namabasa Sub Counties, Nabumali, and Nauyo-Bugema Town Councils.
He also says some mothers subscribe to certain cultural and religious beliefs, which oppose immunization.
Dr. Wangisi says the district has tried to raise community awareness about the disease through mass sensitization and community outreach programs. He however, said these haven’t been effective due to low funding.
He has hopes that with the intervention of GAVI Alliance, a global health partnership of public and private sector organizations dedicated to “immunization for all” the situation will improve.
Charles Wandera, the Head of Department Public Health in Mbale Municipality, says the failure by mothers to complete the immunization schedule is responsible for the fresh outbreak.
He said the disease is common in slummy areas like Namatala due to the poor housing and urban migration since the disease is air born.
Wandera appealed to parents to ensure their children complete the cycle of immunization. Measles is highly contagious air born disease caused by the measles virus. Mbale district registered more than 12 cases of measles early this year.