There have been an outbreak of measles in Oyo State with five people said to have died from the disease. A source told reporters that all five deaths recorded so far was in the Sabo area of Ibadan, where many from the northern part of the state reside.
The earlier arrangement made by the State government two weeks ago to commerce immunization of children in the state against measles between January 28 and February 1, 2016 has therefore been suspended as the State government has ordered the state Ministry of Health to begin the immunization immediately.
Report says that the Oyo State Ministry of Health began vaccination against measles today, January 19, 2016, instead of the earlier scheduled date of January 28, 2016. This is as a result of the severity of the disease in the state and part of the state’s effort to quickly arrest it from spreading to other parts of the state as the government is committed to safeguarding the lives of the citizens.
According to Oluwatoyin Olawoyin,the state Health Educator, the state plans to vaccinate about 2.5 million children from nine months to 59 months. The exercise will be conducted with support from the World Health Organisation(WHO) and it will involve 15,708 personnel grouped into 2,244 teams.
Olawoyin also said that the state in 2015, took 761 blood samples from children to the laboratory as part of its effort to ‘Wipe Out Measles’ campaign.
“We had 9.7 per cent of the number with negative result while 3.7 per cent tested positive to measles. The number of children who tested positive in 491 cases in 2014 was 2.2 per cent while in 2013, 15.3 per cent of 567 blood samples belonging to children tested positive to it.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) Measles Campaign Consultant, Adamu Bello, said the rate of success in most vaccination was 85 per cent, with the rest would be subjected to a second chance.
Measles virus is a highly contagious virus that spreads in the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat and is followed by rashes that spreads over the body.