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Schools May Become Hotspots For Measles - Health Experts

Schools May Become Hotspots For Measles - Health Experts

Health experts have expressed that schools may be superspreaders of measles, with the disease spreading rapidly countrywide since it was detected in Mutasa District on 10 April this year.

As of 6 September 2022, the Ministry of Health and Childcare had recorded 6 551 cumulative cases, including 4 633 recoveries and 704 deaths across the country.

Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president Enock Dongo told NewsDay that there is a high chance of measles spreading like a wildfire in schools. He said:

There is no guarantee for safety, especially in rural areas and other children where they are crowded.

What it means is that the chances of them spreading to each other are very high, especially considering how virulent it is.

So we have no guarantee that this is not going to spread. People should be vaccinated to avoid the chances of hospitalisation and death.

Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike said:

We want to continue encouraging parents and guardians to have all children vaccinated against measles in order to avoid schools becoming the epicentre or hotspot for measles.

Westview Clinics boss, Dr Johannes Marisa, said the government should educate people on the importance of being vaccinated against the disease. He said:

We are worried that schools have opened while the situation is like this where measles is spreading like veld fire.

So at this juncture, we should fight vaccine hesitancy by removing all myths around measles.

Disinformation and misinformation surrounding issues of measles are contributing to the law uptake of the vaccines.

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) noted that measles had been progressing quickly and the case fatality was relatively higher when compared to other recent outbreaks.

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15 Comments

truth 4 months ago

vachazvivhara futi manje manje so


G40 4 months ago

yaa it's much better for them to close so that we can manage the virus fast


Sorojena 4 months ago

Vaccination 💉 is the only arm of defence against this disease. The vapostori sects should be forced to vaccinate their children, that is where the epicentre of measles is

As l see it 4 months ago

ln our schools since most hv School Health Masters appointed in each school. May they check if all children at their school were vacinated against measles. May be ask them to bring their Baby Vaccination Cards then check them. lf there are not vaccinated call Health Official and let them vaccinate them at the school. l do not know that is my own suggestions


G40 4 months ago

you have a nice idea but as you know we are not all that can go to clinic so it we be a bit hard to locate or to cure the virus


King Kudz 4 months ago

Why not go for a full national vaccination program? The sooner the better. Starting in hotspot areas.


@king kudz 4 months ago

you are correct but we don't have enough equipment to do so


Sorojena 4 months ago

This is a national emergence baba, all necessary equipments and medicine should be availed chop chop

Gweks 4 months ago

Yaaa its a goood idea my friend


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Naruto 4 months ago

It all started from those people in the white robed churches


cde chipopi 4 months ago

Saka maitukirei Dr Phophi manje ? Imi munozviti vana vevhu zvemahara! The entire governance system has failed. It needs an engine overhaul and not threats to the people's cause!


lock 🔒 4 months ago

ndasuva lockdown


h 4 months ago

so y not go to schools and vaccinate


ZimEye 4 months ago

JOHANNE MARANGE DOCTRINES IS THE CAUSE OF ALL THESE PROBLEMS, CHIRWERE ICHI CHAKATANGIRA KU CHURCH IYOYO, VANA VAVO VARIKUFA ZVINOSIRIRISA VAKAVHARIRWA MUDZIMBA, MA NURSE VAKAUYA VANA VACHO VANOTIZA EVE' PAZVIKORO PAKANGONZI PARIKUZOBAIWA HAVAUYI ZUVA IRORO. AND THE RULING REGIME IS ITS PROTECTORATE


ed 4 months ago

when th regime visits th shrine vimbo in mash central he shouted varungu vana vemuroyi


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