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2010.01.01

* UNICEF and partners launch immunization campaign in Zambia in response to measles outbreak
* 시간: 02 min 51 secs
* 촬영도시: Lusaka District
* 촬영국가: Zambia
* 촬영일자: 19 Jul 2010


An outbreak of measles in Zambia has thousands of patients seeking treatment, and nearly 80 have died, most of them children under the age of 5.


In Evelyn Tembo's 5 years at the Chawama Health Clinic in Lusaka, this is the first time she has seen an admission ward for measles. She says approximately 10 new patients come through the clinic per day.


SOUNDBITE (English) Evelyn Tembo, Sister in Charge - Chawama Health Centre
"Most of the children who are coming in have fever, they are coughing and they have a rash."


Measles was thought to be a controlled disease in Zambia. It is highly contagious, and is hitting the city hardest.


SOUNDBITE (English) Evelyn Tembo, Sister in Charge at Chawama Health Centre
"Most families they live in small houses, where there are a lot of people staying in, so it's very easy for the children to get measles through droplet infections."


The Department of Health has used a radio, TV and door to door outreach approach.


The Government and partners know they must work fast if they aim to keep the measles in check. Turnout on the first day showed that the population has gotten the message.


SOUNDBITE (English) Kapembwa Simbao, Minister of Health
"So this is a very serious problem for this country, right now. And we are happy to see this very overwhelming, uh, response, by the people."


The 5-day campaign aims to reach 1.4 million children throughout the country. In Kafue village 45 kilometres outside of Lusaka, nurses expected to give 500 doses, double the anticipated amount before the end of the day. This, however, may still not be enough.


SOUNDBITE (English) Rodgers Mwale, UNICEF Health Specialist "So essentially the ages group that we are
targeting in the campaign right now is nine months to four years, in every other district of Zambia except for Lusaka, where we are targeting six months to five years. Ideally we would have targeted everywhere six months to five years, but resources would not allow."


Funding for the campaign is still short 1.1 million US dollars, or 30% of the necessary budget. For Rhoida Gubule and her son Deene, there is no time to wait.


SOUNDBTIE (English) Rhoida Gubule, Mother
"I think that people are supposed to take it serious when they hear that their kids are supposed to be vaccinated. They should take them there for vaccination."


The Zambians are proudly taking on the Child's Health Week slogan: "Our Children, Our Investment."