Parents urged to sign measles consent forms

2009-10-27 13:17

The Gauteng health department urged parents today to sign consent

forms for their children to be inoculated against measles before the end of the

month.

“It is regrettable that some parents are yet to sign the forms

allowing their children to be immunised,” health and social development MEC

Qedani Mahlangu said in a statement.

“We would like to urge all parents to co-operate in this regard as

this will minimise the spread of this disease, which is otherwise easily

prevented.”

The department was planning to have immunised more than three

million people by the end of October.

“This is in response to more cases of measles outbreak being

reported in the province.”

Currently, 5 000 inmates of the Johannesburg Prison – where 51

measles cases have been detected – were being inoculated.

So far, more than 1.4 million people in Gauteng had been given

measles injections in the past two weeks.

“The campaign has seen health workers visiting schools and crèches

targeting children from the ages of six months up to both primary and high

schools learners.”

Health workers and hospitals had been placed on high alert for

people displaying symptoms of measles, a highly contagious viral disease.

Symptoms include a runny nose, cough, red eyes, fever and

rashes.

Complications include encephalitis (brain infection), pneumonia

(lung infection), ear infections and deafness.

In Gauteng, 1 034 cases and one death had been confirmed from last

Monday.

Countrywide, at least four people had died of measles recently.


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