Amuru: 32 cases of measles registered in three sub-counties

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has joined politics. Courtesy/File photo.

The Amuru district leadership has urged government to carry out massive and robust immunization against confirmed cases of measles outbreak in the district.

This plea came following a combined 32 cases of measles outbreak in Amuru, Atiak and Lamogi sub-counties.

According to preliminary data, two [2] cases have been recorded in Amuru sub-county, thirteen [13] cases in Atiak sub-county and seventeen [17] cases in Lamogi sub-county.

The victims were admitted to different health centers within the district, officials say.

Apolo Kagwa Okello – secretary for health and education in the district confirmed the incident to our reporter, saying ‘these have been confirmed by the ministry of health after samples were taken to Entebbe where it has been confirmed’.

He added that as a district they have started mass sensitization to create awareness against this disease.

Adding: “The victims are now being isolated and engaged for proper treatment and to avoid body contact to reduce rapid spread to other people”.

Mr Kagwa however added that the district has a plan to open up UN outreach health center at Elegu – Uganda boarder to help people at the check-point and people crossing from South Sudan where they suspect to have been the origin of the disease.

He also says very many refugees are entering the district day and night into Uganda.

He cautioned the community to stop underrating immunization, saying that most of the community within the district still have poor attitude towards immunization which he vehemently condemned.

Measles is one of the contagious diseases caused by virus and if not treated well can kill within a very short period of time.

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