SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Sudan health ministry collaborates with WHO to control measles outbreak

Sudan health ministry collaborates with WHO to control measles outbreak. | Courtesy of nature.com
The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in Sudan recently began to coordinate its efforts with the World Health Organization (WHO) to strategize the best ways to mobilize their available resources for a measles outbreak in Sudan.

“The FMOH with the support of WHO has vaccinated during January to June 2015 a total of 6,339,733 children of the age group six months to 15 years; this number represents 38 percent of the total target of 16,495,955 children of the same age group in Sudan,” Sudan State Minister of Health Sumaia Okoued said.

In Dec. 2014, the measles outbreak began in Sudan. By Jan. 2015, it had affected 11 localities in the Gedaref and Kassala states. By April 2015, another 28 localities within Kassala reported more measles cases.

“Recent measles reports showed success in case management and better implementation of immunization activities,” Dr. Malik Alabbasi, director general of FMOH's Public Health Care Directorate, said. “Credit is due to the Sudanese Association of Pediatricians and clinical staff working on case management.”

Health professionals involved in responding to the Sudan measles outbreak have emphasized that coordinating work between partners, like MSF and UNICEF, is a crucial part of supporting the public health of the region.

“The FMOH and WHO are currently working to enhance the case investigation, management and response measures in the outbreak states through the deployment of epidemiologists’ teams from the Ministry and WHO Country Office in Sudan capital and Sub-Offices,” WHO representative and Head of Mission in Sudan, Dr. Naeema Al Gasseer, said.

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