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Kapoeta East expects anti-measles campaign

Kapoeta East expects anti-measles campaign

The minister of Health in Eastern Equatoria State has said they plan to conduct a mass vaccination against measles disease in Kauto Payam, Kapoeta East County, next week.

This comes after more than 800 cases of the disease were recorded in the area between August and October.

Koten Thomas says no death cases have been reported since the outbreak in the area since they declared the outbreak.

He said health teams from the state and the World Health Organization are expected to be on the ground by Saturday ahead of the commencement of the campaign on Monday.

“I am  on the way, driving to Kapoeta town. The rest of the  team will be coming on Saturday from Juba,” Thomas told Singaita FM.

Measle is a disease that can affect anyone but most commonly in Children and it signs and symptoms include, watery eye, cough, high fever, and runny nose.

Measles outbreak has been reported in other parts of the country, including Warrap, Unity, and Lakes states.

It kills approximately 350 people a day, mostly children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In September, vaccination of over 60,000 children against the measles infection started in Twic county. The ongoing vaccination campaign is set to last after seven days across Twic County.