Five children have succumbed to measles in Hoima district. The dead are children below 10-years-of age, according to Health Authorities.
Dr. Fredrick Byenuma, the Hoima District Health Inspector, says there an outbreak of measles in Nzorobi and Kaiso landing sites in Tonya and Kabaale parishes in Buseruka Sub County.
He says 50 other measles patients are admitted at Kabaale and Tonya Health Centers. He blames the measles outbreak on the negative attitude towards immunisation, saying majority of the residents depends on traditional treatment.
Dr. Byenuma says they are planning to carry mass measles immunisation in the affected areas.
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Geoffrey Kumakech, the Buseruka Sub county LC V councilor, says they are working with local authorities and the Village Health Teams-VHTs to mobilise parents to take their children for immunization.
Three children were killed in in the neighboring Kikuube district in December last year and scores hospitalised following a measles outbreak.
The signs and symptoms of measles appear around 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Measles presents with fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes, tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek and skin rash made of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another among others.
There is also a reported measles outbreak in Lwengo district.