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Religious Beliefs, Topography Hindering Measles Immunisation Programme

Religious Beliefs, Topography Hindering Measles Immunisation Programme

The Government is struggling to vaccinate children against a measles outbreak in Mutasa District due to religious beliefs and topography.

At least 20 children have died, while more than 100 others have been infected by measles in the eastern part of the country. Mutasa District Medical Officer (DMO), Cephas Fonte, said:

Mutasa is a mountainous area, so some areas are hard to reach. We have some of our friends who are religious objectors, so it has been hard to break through to them, though they are slowly responding now.

I think by the end of next week, we would have achieved something.

Dr Alex Gasasira heads the World Health Organization’s country office in Zimbabwe said:

The vaccine is the best prevention. We are also strengthening surveillance, ensuring parents, and community members are aware and they report any child who has any symptoms suggesting measles.

We are also ensuring that opportunities for vaccination are enhanced. This we should do throughout the country not just in the affected communities because we know that measles is very, very transmissible; it spreads very, very fast.

Tariro Mhando, a public health officer from the University of Zimbabwe had this to say:

What we found out is most cases, the deaths that were recorded are not vaccinated and we have most cases in unvaccinated as well.

And only the few that have [been vaccinated] have mild symptoms.

Measles is a viral infection that’s serious for small children that spreads through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing.

Measles symptoms don’t appear until 10 to 14 days after exposure. They include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash.

More: VOA Zimbabwe

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13 Comments

chidhori 1 month ago

ko mapostori akuitai sei @ pizza ....haaaa always on their case .....


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Iwe mpfana Pindula News, nyaya yako yekucensor macomments angu tichanetsana😠


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Mapostori aya atanga shame, vanokuvadzisa vana nehu**** hwavo💔


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Mapostori aya atanga shame, vanokuvadzisa vana nehu**** hwavo💔


John 1 month ago

Ndiwoka ma church enyu ema High Priest, ana Taguta padare


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Tboy 1 month ago

@Mutoriro it seems as if you sniff mutori, you can't run away from deat,, despite you have been vaccinated or not, my good is not your good.


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

@Tboy, kuchurch kwenyu kunobvumidzwa Chirungu here chaukutaura ichi😂😂😂
Madzibaba😂

1 month ago


Dhuterere 1 month ago

how can they know about the disease iye akazvarira Mumba sembudzi government is to blame prevention is better than cure they should follow up these families vaccinating them and telling them about the danger of the disease


Asalif 1 month ago

I blame zanu pf they keep these people on primitive life so that they don't know what to vote for and who to vote for I have been to one such are network can't get , secondary school 20km away, primary school zero grade can't walk the distance, clinic can't get, shops 10km away just to buy airtime, if you say a word in English he looks you in the face zvakushaya kuti what language is being used with this guy there are such places here in Zimbabwe I was shocked especially those Mashonaland areas


Mutoriro Movement 1 month ago

Kumwe kunamata kunozonyanya, to an extent yekuuraisa vana tichiti vanopora ne mvura ye munamato. So pathetic.


Sir Zimbabwe 1 month ago

@Curious Reader ndipo chapter ( verse) inotaura kuti Luke was a Doctor pakandijamba ipapo please

Curious Reader 1 month ago

Imagine the ignorance! Even Paul travelled with Luke who was a doctor


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