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Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh, speaking in an exclusive interview with the Heritage yesterday Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh, speaking in an exclusive interview with the Heritage yesterday

Gov’t confirms Outbreak of Measles in 14 Counties Featured

 

The Government of Liberia(GoL), through Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh, has confirmed the outbreak of measles in 14 counties across Liberia.

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104 °F), cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes.

“We do have huge cases of outbreak in the communities, mostly rural areas. Of the 15 counties, we have 14 counties that are affected by the outbreak. Out of the 15 counties, only Maryland County is free as of two days ago, the rest of the counties have reported huge cases of measles,” Dr. Kateh disclosed.

According to the Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, routine vaccination activities across the country have been significantly reduced since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in country.

In an exclusive interview with our reporter on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, the Liberian Chief Medical officer attributed the influx of the measles to COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

He said due to the CODVID-19 outbreak in the country, there was decline in the immunization process because people became afraid to go to the various health facilities on grounds that they may contract the deadly corona virus disease.

However, Dr. Kateh is urging everyone to get vaccinated at the various health centers so as to help prevent the spread of the outbreak.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kateh disclosed plan by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to tackle the outbreak, adding that a nationwide measles vaccination is expected to be launched soon.

”What we are doing now is working with our partner WHO. We have instituted some measures and one of that is to encourage those who have not taken their measles vaccine to reach the nearest health facilities free of charge.

If things begin to get worst, a national wide vaccination campaign is expected to be launched,” the top Liberian health official stated.

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