Ghana has introduced the first-ever combined vaccination against rubella and measles for children between the ages of nine months to 14 years throughout the country.
This programme is expected to reduce and also ensure that no child dies from measles in the country.
As part of efforts to ensure effectives of the programme in the area, District Chief Executive (DCE) of Birim South, Mr Richmond Amponsah has joined a team of nurses to vaccinate children in the area.
Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Once quite common, measles can now almost always be prevented with a vaccine.
Also called rubeola, measles can be serious and even fatal for small children. While death rates have been falling worldwide as more children receive the measles vaccine, the disease still kills more than 100,000 people a year, most under the age of 5.
Measles signs and symptoms appear around 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Signs and symptoms of measles typically include:
• Dry cough
• Runny nose
• Sore throat
• Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
• Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek — also called Koplik’s spots
• A skin rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another