By: Dougba K. McCay in Margibi
The head of the Margibi County Health Team has reported the outbreak of measles in the Gibi District in upper Margibi County. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.
Speaking to this paper in Kakata recently, during the county’s weekly Ebola Task Force meeting, the head of the Margibi County Health Team, Dr. Adolphus T. Yeiah, disclosed that the virus has already affected about six (6)persons mainly children in the district and their specimens have been taken for further investigation and authentication.
Dr. Yeiah said following the incident, the County Health Team in collaboration with its partners swiftly moved in the area to contain the further spread as they have begun the vaccination of all children in these affected towns and villages.
He also disclosed that the measles cases came from across Grand Bassa County in an area bordering with Margibi County, something he said the area with the measles outbreak contains 24 villages and it’s a ‘hard to reach’ area as the closest walking distance is about five hours to get there.
Dr. Yeiah said as a result of the measles outbreak in the area, the county health team has begun a measles vaccination campaign along with its partners to quickly contain the situation.
Also the CHO reported about the shortage of drugs at public health facilities in Margibi County and noted that as a result all primary health care facilities in Margibi County were finding it difficult to provide the much needed services to the public as required.
Dr. Yeiah said they have been making every frantic effort to get drugs at these health facilities in Margibi County but has been finding it difficult to have it there.
Meanwhile Dr. Yeiah said there is a total of 42 health facilities in Margibi County including both public and private.
Margibi County was hardly hit by the Ebola Virus Disease, among the fifteen counties which resulted to the loss of over 25 health workers from the county health team.