Measels: Africa (Liberia , Chad)
A measles statistic on countries in Central and West Africa has placed Liberia and Chad on top of the epidemic death toll.
Spread through coughing or sneezing, measles is among the world’s most contagious diseases and one of the leading causes of death among children worldwide, especially those who are malnourished, a collaborative work prepared by World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF) said.
According to the UNICEF, WCARO-Media Centre Website on Measles Outbreaks, Liberia and Chad have recorded the highest number of deaths in countries affected by the epidemic as of 28 Mar 2016.
UNICEF is the arm of the United Nations that addresses issues affecting children worldwide.
Liberia is currently fighting the latest outbreak of measles, a few months after the country was declared free of the Ebola virus disease (EDV), which killed more than 11 000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the 3 countries believed to be the hardest hit Ebola nations.
Recently, the Liberian government announced that 10 out of the country’s 15 counties were experiencing a measles outbreak, warning that the disease could affect more children in the coming weeks.
Deputy Health Minister and Head of the Incident Management System, Tolbert Nyenswah, is on record of saying the measles outbreak is as a result of the gaps created by the deadly Ebola virus, which paralyzed the entire health system.
He explained that during the period when Liberia was battling against the Ebola virus disease (EVD), children were not immunized against measles.
According to the statistics, other affected countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, DR Congo and Guinea. Others are Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The statistics revealed that Liberia has recorded 1341 cases with 34 deaths, while Chad has recorded 5832 cases with 79 deaths. The 2 countries are followed by Nigeria, which has recorded 3804 cases with 26 deaths.
The statistic said the countries affected as of 28 Mar