Dr. Ronald Kaye, the Lwengo district medical officer says the tests on seven children whose samples were taken to Entebbe have tested positive while over 50 other children are admitted at Kyazaanga health center and Kikenene health center with similar symptoms of measles.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of measles in Lwengo district. Blood samples from the affected children have so far proved positive.
Dr. Ronald Kaye, the Lwengo district medical officer, says the affected children aged between one and five years are admitted at Kyazaanga health center and Kikenene health center.
Dr. Kaye says an isolation center at Kyazanga health center IV and Kikenene health Center III, to act as special treatment centers for the affected children to minimize the spread of measles.
Lubega Bazonoona, the Lwengo Sub-County LC3 Chairman, claims that more than 80 children are suffering from measles.
He explains that some parents have taken their children back home, for lack of medical care at Kyazanga, Kikenene and Dwaniro.
Lubega has argued the Ministry of Health to send a team in Lwengo to carry out mass immunization to stem it from spreading further.
Measles is an airborne disease that affects children aged between six months and ten years. It is highly contagious and can rapidly spread among children who are not immunized. It can cause blindness, malnutrition, deafness or pneumonia.
It presents with high fever, skin rash, running nose, cough and red eyes
Statistics from the ministry of health show that one in five people develop complications like pneumonia and diarrhea.
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