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Measles Outbreak in Afghanistan – 80 People Infected in Parwan

Following the increase in measles disease in Afghanistan, the number of infected in Parwan province has also increased unprecedentedly. Health officials in Parwan province expressed concerns about the rapid spread of the measles virus. According to them, in the last two weeks alone, 80 cases of the disease have been registered in Parwan province.

Abdul Qasim Sangin, head of the 100-bed hospital in Parwan, told Hasht-e Subh that 80 cases of measles had been registered in the village of Abdibay, in Charikar, and in the Sayed Khel, Bagram and Siahgerd districts. He added that two of them have died so far, adding that other patients are receiving medical care at the provincial hospital and their homes.

Sangin called the number of measles cases in Parwan unprecedented in recent years. “Last year, the number of measles cases was low – two to three cases across Parwan,” added the head of the 100-bed hospital in Parwan. “But the statistics recorded in the last two weeks are unprecedented, at least in recent years. So far, we have no problem fighting the measles virus, because all the facilities have been provided to us by the World Health Organization. But if it continues to increas, we are likely to face a serious challenge.”

The head of the Provincial Hospital in Parwan said that the reason for the increase in measles was that children did not get measles vaccine due to the spread of the coronavirus in recent years.

According to statistics, most of the sufferers of this disease are children.

Meanwhile, some doctors say that measles is a highly contagious disease that threatens young children, especially those suffering from acute malnutrition.

Speaking to Hasht-e Subh, Seyed Zabih Saifi, a pediatrician at the 100-bed hospital in Parwan, said there was no cure for the virus, stressing that the only way to prevent it was to vaccinate children. According to him, children get measles and high fever after getting measles.

However, a number of patients at the 100-bed hospital in Parwan are urging residents of Parwan province to vaccinate their children to prevent measles.

A few days ago, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) expressed concern about the rise of measles in Afghanistan. The organization said young children, especially those with malnutrition, were more vulnerable to measles. Because they are more likely to have the disease. Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that more than 150 children had died in Afghanistan in January alone, following an increase in measles cases. A spokesman for the World Health Organization warned that the number of people with the disease was likely to increase in the coming weeks. In the most recent case, 74 children died from the measles in Badakhshan.

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Source: Hasht-e Subh Daily

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