By Emmanuel Okyne
The District Medical Officer in Kailahun District has disclosed during the just concluded Polio Immunization and Birth Registration Campaign organized by UNICEF, Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other development partners that the district has yet no confirmed measles case.
“There is only a suspected case,” he said.
The DMO said the only suspected case was from Kissy Kama Dai Chiefdom, noting that the district has a proper surveillance team that alerted the District Health Management Team.
Dr. Squire said the two suspected cases were from neighboring Guinea, adding that the suspected family visited a relative in Guinea where they developed signs and symptoms.
He also said the lactating mother took the child to the Kissy Kama PHU during the last campaigned in June where her child was exposed to other children that were infected.
The DMO said they are waiting for the lab results for the suspected case reported recently.
Dr Squire said a similar outbreak had occurred in Tonkonllii and Kono, but not alarming, noting that people are living in a global village and certain outbreaks are bound to happen.
“It shows the health system needs to be strengthened to curb any outbreak. We cannot be totally free from diseases,” he reiterated.
The Environmental Health officer in Dia Kissy Kama Chiefdom, Asumana Boboh, disclosed that the PHU has two suspected cases of measles, a six months old baby and a 20 year old man.
Boboh said the lactating mother visited Masanta in Conakry where she interacted with her family members, noting that when she later returned in Sierra Leone she settled in Nbombo village.
He said they acted swiftly in which the whole village was inoculated, adding that the other three villages due to proximity, they too were vaccinated.
Kumba Marie who is still waiting for the lab result and responding to treatment is admitted at the Kissi Kama PHU hospital with her six months old child.