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Measles kills 11 children in Gbarpolu County

Moses Wenyou/Benjamin S. Taingay
A infected by measles
A infected by measles

(elbcradio.com/May5, 2015)-Reports reaching elbcradio.com say measles have killed eleven children in Henry Town, Gbarpolu County.

The Liberia News Agency (LINA) quotes health workers in the county as saying the disease claimed the children’s lives within one week’s period.

The health workers made the disclosure at the start of a training workshop on measles.
The training workshop was held recently in Henry Town for 50 volunteers, including health workers assigned in the town.

Based on the latest development, the Gbarpolu County Red Cross launched a 14-day intensive De-worming Awareness Campaign in the county’s five political districts.

The 14-day intensive campaign was launched in collaboration with the Gbarpolu County Health Team.
The exercise is aimed at enhancing government’s information dissemination effort on the pending measles vaccination campaign.

The pending vaccination campaign will officially be launched Friday, May 8, 2015 in Bopolu.
Bopolu is the regional Capital of Gbarpolu County in Western Liberia.

News just coming in says measles outbreak has been reported in nine additional counties of Liberia.
The Head of Supplemental Immunization Activities at the Health Ministry, Augustine Newray, made the disclosure Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Monrovia.

Mr. Newray named the affected counties as Nimba, Montserrado, Bong, Grand Gedeh, Sinoe as well as Margibi, Lofa Grand Bassa and Rivercess.

The Head of Supplemental Immunization Activities at the Health Ministry did not mention any deaths in the nine additional counties.

He said: “The Ministry has intensified its surveillance mission to rapidly respond to the disease outbreak in Liberia.”-

 


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