Sierra Leone telegram: May 16, 2019:
Health and sanitation work in partnership with UNICEF, WHO, GAVI and other health development partners in Sierra Leone will soon launch a nationwide measles rubella vaccination campaign, which will take place from Monday, June 10 through Sunday, June 16, We plan to reach more than 3 million children. 2019.
This was announced at an orientation held last week at the Freetown National Stadium Atlantic Hall for the local health education / social mobilization officer and the local council heath committee chair.
Aminata Nunei, a public health sister who has announced on behalf of the Child Health & Expanded Program on Immunization, added that measles is a highly contagious disease caused by the virus and one of the leading causes of preventable disease. Children under the age of five died despite the availability of safe and cost-effective vaccines.
She said measles-related deaths were caused by serious complications such as diarrhea and pneumonia. "It is especially dangerous for children under five years of age to be in overdose, especially if they have malnutrition," Nunei emphasized.
She also said that even adults 20 years or older are at greater risk of severe or fatal measles infection.
Speaking of similarities between measles and rubella, Sne Nuni, like measles, is a viral infectious disease that is transmitted by air bubbles when infected people sneeze or cough, .
Measles and rubella generally cause mild illness in children, but can cause serious complications for adolescents and adults.
"Most importantly, rubella can lead to early-stage rubella infections, which can have serious effects on the fetus, and can lead to obstacles commonly associated with abortion, fetal death, or congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), she added.
She reaffirmed in the nationwide introduction campaign in June that the main purpose was to introduce a measles – rubella vaccine, a 2 in 1 vaccine that could beat measles and rubella with a single vaccine.
This would be an ideal opportunity to introduce measles and rubella vaccines into routine immunization programs and could be replaced by existing measles vaccines, she said.
The new measles rubella vaccine follows the same schedule as the first dose of measles vaccine administered at 9 months and then twice at 15 months.
She emphasized the different interventions of the campaign and stated that it will target 0 to 5 years of age for 1.3 million children across the country to eradicate polio.
She said she would administer vitamin A supplements to some 1.2 million children between the ages of six months and 59 months. We deworm the Abendazole Tablet to all children aged 12 months to 59 months in Meeamba, Bombali, Port Loko, Kambia, Western Urban and Western Area Rural.
The Lansana Conteh – Health Education Division's chief health education officer and program manager has already begun media intervention to raise awareness of the measles and rubella vaccination campaign.
Last week his team hired the DSMC and the Health Committee chairperson, and the vast majority of program beneficiaries are school children, so they will be joining the vice president of the State Board of Education.
Conteh said he would start stakeholder engagement at the district and Chiefdom levels as well as at the national level to ensure participation, community compliance, ownership and sustainability.
"We will work with reporters to better understand and accurately report the campaign," he said.