The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has confirmed that there is an outbreak of Measles in the country living one person dead already as of yesterday. The outbreak comes barely a month after the Ministry of Health completed its polio vaccination campaign aimed at preventing children from being affected by polio throughout the country.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing recently, theNational Deputy Program Manager for Expanded Immunization Program at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Adolphus Clarke, said since he spoke yesterday, there was only one reported death while about six counties are experiencing Measles.
He said the one death occurred in Margibi County but assured that the Ministry is putting in place proper measures in order to deal with the situation. Mr. Clark also gave updates on the just ended polio vaccination campaign noting that over nine hundred thousand children were vaccinated with the “tOPV”. He highlighted the bad road conditions as a major challenge faced by counties in accessing most communities; something he said hampered the works of the vaccination teams in the rural parts of the country.
The National Deputy Program Manager for Expanded Immunization Program added that children in rural communities that have bad roads were not reached stressing that this situation leaves them (children) exposed to polio.The Polio and Measles vaccination campaign was implemented from February 26-29, 2016 targeting over nine hundred thousand children less than 5 years (0-59 months) of age and House- to-House (HTH) strategy was used.